Solar Power System Services & Maintainance Queensland, Australia
Owning a solar power system at home is an advantage as it reduces your electricity bills to a considerable extent and also reduces your dependency on the power supply from the grid. It is also considered as a long term investment as the average life cycle of a solar power system is considered to be between 10-15 years.
A common question we have come across is about the servicing and maintenance of a residential solar system. Most of you are interested to know how to maintain the solar system so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits for the life span of the system. As there are no specific rules laid out, we will be happy to share the best practices that helps you to understand what to do and what not. General tips from Clean Energy Regulators also comes handy for better understanding.
Factors affecting solar panel system productivity :
- Geographical location
- Direction and orientation of the panels
- Shadow from surrounding trees or buildings
- Season and the intensity of sunlight
- Cloud cover or smog
- Dust and dirt
- Bird droppings
- Quality of the equipment used
- Quality of the installation
Secondly, it is important to understand that like any other electrical appliances in your home, a solar system also requires regular servicing and maintenance. Usually, solar panels are self-cleansing. Rain water is enough to remove the dirt and dust cover from the solar panels.
However, regularly servicing Solar panel systems helps improve :
Better return on investment
Efficiency of the panels is expected to reduce over a period of time due to wear and tear. Regular servicing of the system ensures optimum amount of production from the solar system.
Regular maintenance increases life span of solar system
Like any other electrical appliance, solar system also poses electrical hazards. It becomes really important to perform sanctity check of the solar system by a Clean Energy Council-accredited solar panel system installer to ensure safety. Regular servicing and maintenance also reduces the threat of probable additional hazards like short circuits or fire.
Maintaining optimum production by regularly servicing the system ensures constant reduction in the electricity bills and therefore, maximising return on your solar investment.
Regular maintenance helps identifying the potential issues with the equipment. It becomes easy to identify the defects in panels or inverter easily whilst performing regular servicing and thus warranty claims can be registered as soon as the faults are identified.
Keeping all these factors in mind, regular servicing and maintenance of solar system is certainly recommended so that it keeps operating efficiently, smoothly and safely.
It is recommended to get the solar system serviced by accredited solar installer every two years to ensure smooth functioning just like the way you do it with your car.
What is involved in servicing and maintenance schedule?
- An on- site visual inspection of your solar panels including the roof top isolator(s) and cabling.
- Full visual check of the installed solar panels for any discolouration, chips, cracks or defects.
- Isolate each string and check the voltages using a multimeter to measure what power they are producing – therefore ensuring panels are operating as per specifications.
- Clean off the dust, dirt, bat poo, bird droppings and any lichen.
- Check inverter is running efficiently and effectively.
- Check if any major works or replacements needed including assisting with any warranty specific work, if required.