One of the most important strategies to achieve that perhaps the solar power system produces the greatest potential output is to do operations and maintenance (O&M). This allows the solar power plant to generate the most energy possible throughout its lifetime, perfectly matching the interests of developers, clients, and investors. Solar engineers/technicians are in charge of solar operation and maintenance. Cleaning, lubrication, modifications, fixes, and replacements are all part of their duty. The goal of maintenance and operation is to prolong the life of the solar power system.
Why do we require solar PV O&M firms?
The requirement for frequent and optimal administration of solar panels has necessitated businesses relying on the competence of solar PV O&M firms. They execute automated as well as effective program inspections to guarantee that solar power plants are appraised in compliance with international standards, having received years of field training. Their continuous monitoring and inspections ensure that when output falls, immediate action is taken. Overall, O&M personnel handle all parts of maintaining a solar power plant, ensuring that there are no hiccups in the facility’s seamless operation and electricity delivery to its clients.
Things to remember for a good solar operation
Schedule for Regular Cleaning
Although solar panels are low maintenance, they still need to be cleaned on a regular basis to work properly. Creating a routine maintenance schedule early on will assist us to establish and maintain a consistent habit. Cleaning is done on a biweekly basis in typical conditions, where there isn’t too much dust or filth. In dusty places, however, the cleaning frequency is raised to once a week. If customers choose to buy our panels rather than lease them, we can still take full advantage of maintenance packages that are particularly designed to reduce the cost of panel maintenance by providing immediate access to equipment warranties.
Conduct a Visual Inspection
Dirt and dust, sand and grit, bird and animal waste, leaves and branches, and seasonal pollen are all things that might impair the performance of the solar panels. The solar array, which consists of solar modules (or panels), racking, wiring, and occasionally extra equipment, is severely exposed to the environment. Even a minor obtrusion of the surface area of the panels can impair their capacity to gather and create effective energy, so we should keep the solar panels as clean and clear as possible. A frequent visual check of the panels is the best approach to ensure this.
Dusty Panels should be sprayed
Depending on where we live, the panels may take up dirt and other material from the environment. To properly eliminate undesired dirt and dust from the solar panels, hose them down a few times a year. We don’t have to climb to extraordinary altitudes to complete this mission. Solar panels are set at an angle to the sun, and the inherent slope of most roofs ensures that solar panels may be easily rinsed off the ground. Allow the water to replicate the washing effect of rain and rinse out the panels by directing the jet of the garden hose upwards and onto the panels.
Refuse the urge to shovel snow
The US Department of Energy (DOE) sets requirements for the safe installation and maintenance of solar panels, and as such, attempting to remove ice or snow directly off solar panels without suitable training and equipment is not recommended.
Furthermore, the heat emitted by our home throughout the winter as a consequence of internal heating helps to reduce ice build-up, although it may take a day or two for the snow and ice to melt away. As a result, we must either leave the snow or ice to melt on its own or bring in a professional for a service visit.
When Should We Clean Our Solar Panels?
Solar panels are erected in a public space. As a result, based on the period and location, the solar panels become filthy. However, cleansing depends on a number of elements such as the location, weather changes, exposure duration, and solar layout. As a result, throughout the spring and summer seasons, it may not be required to clean them at all. However, during the winter, especially when sunshine is scarce during the day, we may require more routine maintenance. Because it rains less in the winter, cleaning the panels at least once a month is certainly appropriate.
Early morning is ideal since dew will develop on the surfaces overnight. Furthermore, cleaning will require less water and effort. Furthermore, the panels function more efficiently in the afternoon, and we would not want to meddle with it during its most productive hours of day.
We should inspect the solar panels on a regular basis. If there is a lot of dust, it is time to clean. It is best to clean them early in the morning or late evening. We may also do it on a cloudy day. The light shines directly into the panels in the afternoon. As a result, the water evaporates fast, and the debris may linger on the top.