Do you remember changing the batteries of your calculators?
Um well if you do you might have severe OCD, my friend. Because generally no one used to that and they still turned out to be working perfectly alright. Let me tell you why because they also work on solar energy and they get this solar energy from the small solar cells in it. The truth is that these little solar energy powered devices are powered by the sun using solar (photovoltaic) cells and as long as there is enough light, the devices can essentially stay on forever.
Now, imagine having something powered by the sun on a much larger scale, for example, solar panels used in a solar energy solution system. Solar panels are usually made by the same solar cells. For making a solar panel to be used in the solar energy system, solar cells are connected together in such a way that they form a panel. So just like your calculator needed only slight maintenance so does your solar panel.
As far as maintenance of the solar energy systems is required I think solar energy consumers are the luckiest. It literally requires least of it. Mainly because of the reason that solar panels are fixed at a certain place so they don’t experience any damage as such. Solar panels also do not have any moving parts that can rust or breakdown. So the only thing you have to do to take of your solar energy solution system is to keep them clean. This ensures that dirt, grime, bird droppings, and debris do not block the sun from efficient absorption by the panels. The easiest way of cleaning solar panels is to wash them with a regular garden hose, if needed you can also use a sponge with soapy water. But if your solar energy solution system is too tall and large scale then you better be careful or leave it to the professionals.
As owners, the goal is always to get the most out of your solar energy system, so make sure your panels are performing at maximum capacity so that you enjoy the maximum solar energy.
- I Love My Solar. (2020). How to Maintain Solar Panels. [online] Available at: https://ilovemysolar.com/how-to-maintain-your-solar-panels/ [Accessed 9 Jan. 2020].
- wikiHow. (2020). How to Maintain a Solar Panel. [online] Available at: https://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-a-Solar-Panel [Accessed 9 Jan. 2020].