Summer is the prime time for solar energy production in Albuquerque. The days are longer during the summer months and the sun is positioned higher in the sky. This makes for more direct sunlight for your solar panels in June, July, and August than during the rest of the year.
While energy output is at its peak during the summer, that also means that your Albuquerque solar panel system must work harder than at any other time. So, during the summer months, your solar panels must be protected with regular maintenance. Maintaining your solar panels during the summer can make a difference in both energy output and panel longevity.
The Importance of Summer Maintenance
Solar panels are made up of many small solar cells. These cells collaborate to gather light particles and transform them into usable energy. On a long, sunny summer day, the cells of your solar panels will take in more light particles, and thus more energy. This means that the solar inverter will be working much harder than it does at any other point in the year.
To make the most of every summer day, your solar panel system needs to be up to the task of operating at its peak. Summer solar maintenance will both protect your solar panel system throughout the summer and identify any problems that could affect the system later on. Ultimately, this will lead to a longer lifespan for your solar panels. Considering that a solar panel system is a sizable investment, it’s wise to get the maximum return on that investment through proper maintenance.
Save Money on Winter Energy
Your home will need energy throughout the year, especially during the winter months, when heating is essential! By taking excellent care of your solar panels during the summer, you can rack up credits with your energy company through net metering. The excess energy that your solar panel system generates during the summer will count towards any energy deficit from your solar panels in the winter. The winter days are much shorter, and your home will receive significantly less sunlight. So, it’s a smart choice to rack up as much energy as possible during the summer, even if your home won’t put it to use immediately.
Summer Solar Maintenance Tips
Keep Foliage In Check
Precipitation in the spring and frozen periods in the winter can lead to new foliage. For solar panel owners, any new foliage can lead to shade over additional sections of your roof. Shade from foliage can inhibit solar production in every season. To get the most out of your solar panels, you’ll need to keep foliage in check.
Look for new areas of shade on a sunny day. If foliage is casting shade over any portion of your solar panel system, complete any pruning or tree trimming that will eliminate it.
Clean Off Dirt and Debris.
Shade isn’t the only solar problem that can arise from new foliage growth. New foliage can also lead to more debris dropping onto your solar panel system from above. Different types of debris can cause different problems. For instance, a fallen branch may crack a solar panel if it’s heavy enough. In contrast, if enough leaves, pine needles, and other foliage debris accumulate on the surface of your solar panels, it may reduce the amount of direct sunlight that can reach your panels. Debris from trees can also trap moisture on the surface of your solar panels, potentially leading to water damage.
In addition to debris, dirt and grime are virtually bound to build up on your solar panels over time. Summer is a good time to take care of this problem, given that the weather’s nice and you won’t have to deal with snow or ice.
In climates that receive plenty of rain during the summer, it may not be necessary to clean the surface of solar panels. But, here in Albuquerque, the climate is quite dry. So, cleaning the surface of your solar panels may be required to ensure maximum solar output.
Contact EcoSave Solar in Albuquerque today to learn more about summer solar maintenance. When it comes to solar panels, our experts are here to help.