One of the easiest ways to protect your solar power system, and ensure it’s operating at it’s optimum level – is to have a check-up regularly (e.g. February-March is a good time of year for a service).
This includes having your panels cleaned.
Things like bird droppings, dirt, dust and mould can quickly accumulate on your solar panels.
When a layer of particulates forms over a panel, it restricts the ability to absorb the sun’s energy and produce electricity. This can reduce your system’s performance by 30%+/-
Don’t try to clean the panels yourself as household cleaning materials can damage solar cells – and if you’re not used to working at heights it can be dangerous…. so any panel cleaning should be done by an experienced technician with the right equipment and products.
Faulty Solar Systems present serious risks
Our solar technicians have had to attend numerous solar system faults this summer.
We’ve already had to send electricians out to resolve faulty and dangerous isolators, failed inverters and damaged wiring.
We had to inspect and deal with major faults for both obscure and better known brands. Many problems can occur at both the inverter, and harder to reach areas – like your roofing.
Solar Inverters are very complex pieces of equipment and can develop a variety of faults.
Inverters usually make little noise and are typically not in the main living areas, and so they can develop problems without the residents ever realizing.
Householders commonly only find out when they receive a huge power bill – so it pays to have a solar power system service, to check the inverters and other components.
New Solar Technologies Deliver Substantial Savings
Microinverters can remove many of the obstacles to system flexibility and performance, common in standard solar systems.
Rather than one inverter for a whole system, a Microinverter can be attached to a single panel. This means (unlike a standard inverter) in the event of a problem with one panel, all the others can continue operating normally.
Microinverters also allow easy upgrading (add more or different panels) and a simpler installation process, as lower voltages mean no special DC conduit cabling is needed (240v compared to 600v).
Micoinverters also last substantially longer than standard DC Solar Inverters.
Please book one of our Sharpe technicians – for a Service, test, or report….. or to diagnose or repair an issue. Call 131 750
Tesla Powerwall – Solar battery storage is also a new technology
A Bradford Solar System + Tesla Powerwall gives you a whole new level of energy control in your home. PV panels absorb energy from the sun and produce electricity that is used to power your home during the day.
In the past, surplus solar power was sent into the grid and back to the power company. Now, the Tesla Powerwall is charged with solar energy so you can power your home into the night or have the option of storing it for a rainy day.
Please contact Grant Franks – Solar specialist with our associated energy system installer ERS-Bradford, on 1800 171 000