I Already Have Solar Panels - What Next?

 

One of the beauties of solar power is that it is low maintenance. Once your solar panels are installed, they tend to go on and on generating power effectively, whether blessed with the full sunny days that Mackay is renowned for, or even on cloudier days.

Like with all power systems, your solar panels will need periodic maintenance. That’s where CFP industries can follow up and provide the ongoing service that gives you continuous peace of mind and confidence in your system.

We don’t consider our job finished with installation. We want our commercial and residential customers in Mackay to continually get the most out of their systems; we provide advice on using and maintaining solar panels; and we are available for periodic maintenance visits, cleaning and, if necessary, repairs.

As already mentioned, solar panels require little maintenance because there are no moving parts, but when repairs are required, they need to be performed by accredited professionals.

Panels should be checked a few times per year for any accumulated dirt or debris, but this is sometimes a task that homeowners themselves are not well equipped for, with panels usually being on the roof.

Solar panels are generally very robust and can be cleaned with a standard garden hose, but avoid doing this when the panels are hot, as cracking could occur. You could also use an automated cleaning system if your property is in an area where regular dust and dirt will affect your panels.

Why Mr Energy?

Mr Energy is based in Mackay and we have many years of experience with solar power maintenance and installation.

 

We can come out quickly to you for urgent maintenance or repairs. This is especially important if your panels are in a hard-to-reach area of your property.

Keeping your panels clean and free of debris will ensure they operate at full power for you at all times:

  • Clean Energy Council accredited

  • Specialists in residential and commercial solar power maintenance

  • Personalised  service with guaranteed quick response

  • We will advise you on how to achieve the most from your system

  • Repair services also provided

Solar Panel Maintenance

You Can Trust Our Quality Solar Panel Maintenance

It’s wonderful to know that you’ve decided to install solar panels and are doing your part to help the environment. However, for your investment to remain strong and have your solar panels providing you with efficient energy for the next 25 years or more, you’ll need to look after them. The best way to do that is with regular solar panel maintenance. You can do two tasks yourself to ensure your panels work optimally, namely regular solar cleaning and electrical maintenance.

Cleaning your solar panel has to be done at least four times a year, while your solar power maintenance only has to be done if your panels aren’t working at optimal efficiency. We recommend getting a professional for both jobs. With our trusted and reliable electrician, electrical contractors licence #87247, you can be sure Mr Energy will take care of it as we would our own.
 

The performance of your solar system is crucial to ensure you receive a return on your initial investment. With the cost of electricity increasing annually, you’ll save around $20,000 on energy bills over the lifetime of the installation. This, unfortunately, won’t be possible if your panels aren’t working correctly due to bird droppings, dirt, dust, or anything else in the air that adheres to the panels causing a failure in efficiency. Let’s look at some other benefits of cleaning solar panels.

  • One of the biggest concerns with solar panels is their exposure to bird droppings; this can cause severe damage and decrease the amount of light reaching the panels, thus reducing energy output. You should have them cleaned regularly if you do find yourself victim to droppings.

  • With regular cleaning, you’ll protect your warranty and the lifespan of the solar panels because accumulating dust and dirt will damage the panels and cause issues with the wiring if left unattended for too long.

  • With heavy rain, you won’t have to worry too much, as it will rinse the most dust from the panels, but you shouldn't take any chances when it comes to light rain. We have seen that light rain can almost cause more dirt to stick to the panels decreasing the output even more. So relaying on rain alone is not the answer. By cleaning your solar panels regularly, you will have the peace of mind you need to know that your investment is safe, and you won’t have to worry about any further costs.

Image by Sungrow EMEA

Benefits of Solar Panel Cleaning

Image by Science in HD

Unlike other machines, solar panels don’t require much maintenance because they don’t have any moving parts that need lubrication or a process that involves getting rid of rust. However, when looking after your solar panels, there are some aspects to consider, something you can do by yourself. If you need solar panel repairs, one of our certified, highly trained electricians will be happy to assist you. We operate under electrical contractor's licence #87247. The aspects which you can look at regularly includes.

  • Solar panels are usually placed in high locations, and it’s common for the panels to collect dirt and pollen, which requires cleaning, especially during climate changes. We always recommend getting a professional to clean your panels for you, but if you want to clean them yourself, you can use a soft cloth to remove any dirt or dust. To clean oil residue or stubborn dirt, you can mix rubbing alcohol with water as a detergent.

  • Always ensure the placement of your panels has sufficient sunlight - overgrown trees or any new buildings can affect the sunlight patterns. We know there’s not much you can do with new buildings coming up, but it would help if you made sure that lush trees are always trimmed.

  • When cleaning your panels, inspect the wiring and mounting rack to determine any water damage or drainage issues. You can also look for any broken glass or missing bolts. If any of these issues arise, you should contact us, don’t try and fix it yourself as you could damage the entire system. 

  • A trained professional electrician only should do solar repairs. Before you look for any damage on the panel themselves, you can inspect the energy usage to see if it’s still running at full capacity. If you install energy monitors, it will help you spot any dead panels in your system.

Tips Regarding Solar Maintenance

About Mr Energy 

As a family-owned business that’s been running for the past 12 years, we have loads of satisfied clients behind us, which is why we strive for perfection every time we install or maintain your new or existing solar panels.
 

Contact us if you require any solar power repairs or if you need any more information regarding our services.