Commercial solar power systems are a feat of human ingenuity. Their ability to generate clean, renewable (and free) energy from our ever-replenishing sun without the need for rigorous maintenance is truly awe-inspiring! In fact, their durability, longevity, and performance have been revolutionised over the years, with most brands offering warranties for 25 to 30 years.
However, this is not to say that their energy efficiency, and thus your savings, cannot be improved. Our commercial solar installers have installed and maintained countless systems, allowing them to build a wealth of tips and tricks to increase its performance. Here are their top four tips for ensuring energy efficiency for decades to come!
#1 Strategic Installations
If you haven’t installed your solar system yet, or are planning to invest in a new one, make sure to choose an experienced, reliable solar installer who specialises in commercial installations. They will help you identify the correct brand, model, and size system for your energy needs to ensure efficiency. They will also install your system strategically at an angle that generates as much power as possible, further increasing its efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
#2 Clean Panels Periodically
As solar panels generate energy by absorbing the sun’s rays, it’s logical to see that they need to be cleaned periodically to prevent anything obstructing this process. Things like dirt, debris, bird droppings, and other environmental elements can reduce your panels’ efficiency by reducing the amount of rays they absorb. Make sure to have your panels professionally cleaned one to two times a year to prevent buildups.
#3 Keep Trees Trimmed Back
Although this may not be the case for large facilities, smaller businesses may be surrounded by trees and vegetation to offer shade for parking spaces and the like. The most common culprit, trees, tend to overgrow and cast shadows over solar panels. This, as mentioned above, will impact energy generation and efficiency. Make sure any surrounding vegetation is well-trimmed to ensure peak performance.
#4 Inspect Connection Points And Wiring
Australia offers the highest solar radiation per square metre of all continents, meaning its possibly the best place in the world to invest in solar systems. However, this also makes our climate particularly harsh. Over time, these harsh conditions can cause critical connection points to become loose. Our commercial installers recommend yearly wiring inspections for this exact reason! This ensures that any potential wiring problems will be identified and fixed before they affect performance.
Whether you need a new commercial solar system installed, upgrades, replacements, or guidance on ensuring energy efficiency, the solar installers at Bellingers Electrical Contracting are ready to help! After years of installing commercial solar systems, we’re now considered specialists in ensuring efficiency, neat wiring, and ease of use.
Contact us today to discuss your needs or request a quote now!