You should have your system examined every 4-6 years by an installer. It is also a good idea to ask your installer about specific maintenance requirements for your solar system.
Moreover, If the panels need some more cleaning that the hose cannot provide, you can use a sponge with soapy water to scrub them. You can also get the services of a cleaning company. This is advisable if the panels are too high or need more thorough cleaning.
For a general cleaning, you can just use a normal garden hose to wash the face of the panels. You should do this in the morning or evening. Also avoid spraying them with cold water while they are hot because that might damage them.
Before cleaning the panels yourself, you should consult with your installer about the warranty conditions. Some solar panel manufacturers could terminate the warranty if any self cleaning is done.
Having said that, you should inspect them a few times per year for dirt or some other things that might have piled on top. It is important that the panels are clean and there is nothing blocking them from efficiently absorbing the sun.
Since there are no moving parts, solar panels require very little maintenance. Once you have covered the installation cost of solar panels, there are not many costs associated with maintaining them.
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High reliability, operational predictability and uninterrupted performance of all equipment, installed on a station, are subjects of very high importance, because any incidental breakdown can cause significant financial losses. Even though solar batteries have high reliability and durability (manufacturing companies claim up to 25 years of guaranted service), they require regular technical maintenance, as well as other equipment. Gcep Solar offers full range of operating and maintenance (OM) services for solar PV power plants.
Development of operational schedule of a station’s maintenance service.
Diagnostic testing of all equipment, installed on a station, as well as of its separate components (solar modules, invertors, power converter and so on)
Regular maintenance checks and periodic technical servicing according to equipment specifications.
Status monitoring and durability checking for metal framework elements, working as solar batteries mount attachments, anchoring elements and thread joints.
Analysis and fastest possible detection of probable causes for performance degradation.
Supply of components and spare parts, required for complete and maximally fast recovery of a station’s operational readiness.
Mobile service team for emergency and restoration works.
Full range of installation, start-up and commissioning works.
Installation supervisory control during an object’s construction.
Operating and maintenance services for solar PV power stations, as well as for other types of utility systems, requires professional training, skills and competencies. Gcep Solar technical staff members completed their internships at factories of leading companies in solar power stations manufacturing (SMA Solar Technology AG, Steca, Huaweі, SunGrow and others) and were recognized as certified professionals in the field of photovoltaic stations maintenance. Our company can provide not just trainings for your employees’, if their professional responsibility includes operations with utility systems of Gcep Solar design and construction. If we sign proper agreement, Gcep Solar will provide full package of regular solar stations operational checks and maintenance works, and fastest possible emergency repair, when required.