CLEANING SOLAR PANELS
We are often asked about cleaning solar panels as they can accumulate dirt over time which can reduce the efficiency of sunlight capture and ultimately reduce the amount of electricity generated by your system. In most cases, the self-cleaning properties of the panels and the angle of installation is sufficient enough for the regular rainfall in the UK to remove any build up of dirt. Our experience is that this tends to make a solar panel clean uneconomical for the cost.
Where soiling is significant, perhaps due to regular bird fouling, we can arrange cleaning solar panels for your array visit which is normally carried out with non-scratch brushes attached to poles with a constant supply of water and cleaning agent.
SOLAR PANEL MAINTENANCE & MONITORING
The solar panel system has two main components; the roof mounting and panels, and the inverter(s). The solar panels and roof mounting are exposed to the elements of the UK climate with wind exerting pressure on the mechanical integrity of the PV system, and the rain impacting both the panel’s electrical string connections and the roof seals under the mounting system.
The inverters are the working part of the solar PV system, receiving and converting the sunlight energy into useable AC electricity and thus part of your electrical compliance regime. The safe and effective working of the entire solar PV system determines the electricity generated and the return received on your solar PV investment.
Our preventative solar panel maintenance plan is designed to help you achieve and maximize your solar PV investment return, and to help with your risk management as part of your annual electrical compliance regime. Like the MOT of your vehicles, we recommend annual solar panel maintenance for all commercial PV systems in addition to daily monitoring. Sophisticated solar panel monitoring can automatically prompt any potential generation issues straight away to allow immediate rectification from a maintenance engineer before they become bigger, more expensive problems.
SOLAR PANEL SERVICE AND REPAIR
Without a preventative maintenance plan in place you run the risk of a potential breakdown, requiring the need for an urgent solar panel service or repair to identify the issue and bring your system back online safely. This reactive approach can be expensive and also leave your business without PV generation whilst our team arrive onsite to diagnose/repair the problem.
When your system is offline or not able to operate to its maximum potential due to a fault, this downtime is impacting on your system’s return on investment. If a fault is anticipated, we advise that you don’t diagnose the fault yourself for health and safety reasons. Always contact your solar PV installer or O&M provider first for advice.
We are available to provide a reactive solar panel service and repair, however, we always recommend a preventative maintenance plan as highlighted above.