About Solar Panels
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Solar panels produce power for you
Solar panels installed on your roof, or placed on mounts, can harness the sun’s energy so your solar energy system’s inverter can generate clean power in the form of watts that you can then use to power your home. Excess watts of energy are sent to your electric utility’s power grid, and a net meter device installed in your home tracks how much energy you draw from and send to the grid. You can then receive energy credits for the solar panel energy you sent, and those save you money on your electric bill. You could even store these excess watts in a home battery to use later. Talk about a bright idea!
Not only that, but there are different types of solar panels that fit different types of budgets. There are polycrystalline panels for those looking to save money. Polycrystalline panels are the bluer solar cells that look like they have a shiny confetti in them. And there are monocrystalline panels for those willing to spend more for greater efficiency. These are the black panels that have the corners cut off their cells.
Solar Panel Maintenance FAQs
Do solar systems need servicing?
Solar panel systems have no moving parts, but some maintenance is still required. In order to keep your solar panels clean and operating at full capacity, we recommend checking on them at least twice a year.
Can you use a pressure washer to clean solar panels?
If you plan on cleaning your solar panels by yourself, please be careful above all else. For cleaning, use water, gentle soap such as dishwashing liquid and a soft brush to scrub off buildup and debris from around the corners. Avoid harsh chemicals, heavy-duty scrubbers and pressure washers as they could damage your solar panels.
How long does a solar panel last?
Solar panels last about 25 to 30 years, but don’t think that means they stop producing electricity after the 25th year. This simply means the energy production level starts to decline according to the manufacturer.