Know your solar panel in & out

When we talk about solar panels we know we are talking about using solar energy - a renewable and environment friendly source of energy. Well, this is the long and short of it.

Now, let us dig in a little deeper and find out exactly how it works so that you will be able to handle and maintain your solar panel in a much more efficient way, thereby increasing its lifespan.

How does my solar panel work?

Your solar panel is actually using the solar or photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity.

Listing down the entire procedure: the solar cells are made of semiconductors - it is a material which absorbs a portion of the light’s energy and frees the electrons. The flow of these electrons is controlled by electric fields.

Metal plates are placed above and below the solar cells. By doing so, the energy from the electric current can be drawn and used externally to power devices. Your entire solar panel is basically a huge package of connected solar cells.

How do I maintain it?

To increase the lifespan of any machine the most important thing needed is proper care and maintenance. Your solar panel is no exception to it. To ensure it works in top-notch condition for the maximum amount of time you need to pay attention to proper care and maintenance.

Fortunately, there are very low maintenance efforts required for a solar panel. Unlike most other machines, solar panels are devoid of moving parts which are liable to rust or breakdown.

So, here are the little things you can do to take care of your solar panel:

The most basic – cleaning: The more dusty your neighborhood, the more frequently you need to go for a cleaning inspection of the solar panel. Make sure that dirt, grime, bird droppings and debris do not come between the sun and the panel. By doing so you are ensuring efficient absorption by the panels.

You can clean your solar panel by simply rinsing off the dust with a garden hose. If the dirt and grime are a little too stubborn for a simple garden hose then first gently wipe it with a soft and soapy sponge and then rinse it off with the hose.

However, if the solar panel is way too high up that it cannot be reached without climbing up a ladder then it is best that you leave the cleaning and maintenance process to the professionals.
There is another kind of maintenance needed and that is a full system service which should ideally be done every 2-3 years.

Apart from cleaning it is also needed to ensure that all components are safe and in proper operating condition. It is best to call upon professionals for a full system maintenance check-up.

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