As a solar owner, your system requires minimal maintenance. However, by taking a few simple steps, you can maximise the efficiency of your system, protect your investment and product warranty.
The amount of electricity generated by a solar panel is proportional to the amount of light falling on it. If the cells of a panel are covered, it will produce less energy so it is important to keep your solar panels clean. Over time, dust and debris will build up on the surfaces of your solar panels, preventing light from reaching the solar cells, reducing the efficiency of your system. Other contaminants, such as bird or bat droppings stick to the surface and can also cause damage or deteriorate your panels.
Therefore, as per the Australian Standards & Guidelines, it is recommended that your solar system is cleaned and serviced every year. We do not recommend that you clean the panels yourself because if you damage, scratch, or crack the panels through abrasion or incorrect water temperature, you may void your warranty or ruin your entire system.
ECOlectrical offers a comprehensive annual maintenance, safety check and cleaning service for your solar system in line with warranty obligations and the Clean Energy Council Guidelines. As well as the general maintenance, we check for visible defects and measure the power output to ensure that it is performing to the standard guaranteed by the Manufacturer. We’ll provide you a solar inspection report and will assist you with any warranty claims should we find any defects or performance issues.
• Remove dirt, dust & grime, salt, lichen, bird & bat droppings and any other environmental factors that reduce the cells ability to perform efficiently
• Check the inverter display panel for recorded faults and alarm indicator
• Check Inverter is displaying correct information and readings
• Check vents on inverter are free of debris
• Check the overall condition of the inverter
• Checking that access to the isolator switches has not been impeded
• Check that emergency procedures for shutdown and isolation are clearly displayed and haven’t faded
• Check method and integrity of mounting frame installation
• Check that solar panels are clean, secure and free of defects
• Remove any debris from around and on panels – eg leaves and other fire hazards
• Check for shading on panels from trees, neighbouring buildings, antennas and other structures
• Check if any wiring or parts have been damaged, deteriorated or corroded and confirm fittings and cables are securely attached
• Check electrical junction boxes for tightness of connections and that no water has built up inside
Access roof to check panels for;
• Visual defects, such as cracks, hot spots, browning, moisture ingress and corrosion of the frames
• Panel and wiring configuration,
• Panel specifications
• Array isolation devices (if fitted) and;
• Earthing of the array
Perform Electrical Test of installation, checking for correct;
• Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)
• Short Circuit Current (Isc)
• Insulation resistance of cabling
• Check for recalled electrical products
If you have had your system for at least 6-12 months and not yet had it serviced or cleaned, please contact us now to book. Call (02) 4972 2222.
Using state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology, our thermal inspections are a fast, reliable, non-contact way of testing your solar panels and system components for performance anomalies. Thermal camera scanning of:
Isolator Switch – DC
Isolator Switch – ACv
This can be done with your clean or service. Please enquire upon booking.
Unlike typical electrical products, turning a solar panel system ‘off’ at the switch does not mean that the components no longer pose an electrical hazard. Therefore, it is recommended that solar panel systems should only be inspected and maintained by a licenced CEC Accredited electrician, and cleaning conducted by a solar panel specialist cleaner.
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