6 Ways to Improve Solar Panel Efficiency and Output

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Each year, the number of homes with solar panels increases by 30%, making solar energy the fastest-growing energy type in the country.

This is good news for commercial solar users because of how these systems work. The more people with solar panels, the more energy is created and fed back into the power grid. As solar energy continues to grow in popularity, the technology should evolve.

Don't wait to make your commercial solar panels more efficient, though. You can increase solar panel output in several different ways. We'll discuss a few of them here.

1. Regular Cleaning and Clearing

Getting too dirty can reduce the efficiency of solar panels. Dirt or objects obstructing the sun can mean you get less energy.

Sunlight contains photons of energy. When these photons hit the electrons in solar panels, those electrons get dislodged. Electrons moving from their intended space creates an electrical charge.

Sun exposure determines energy production, so keep panels clean and unobstructed.

2. Don't Skimp on Panels

Buying solar panels can save your business money, but don't try to save money on the panels themselves. High-end solar panels are high-end for a reason.

Property size is a factor when buying solar panels. Monocrystalline panels are best for places with little extra space. Polycrystalline panels are better for larger spaces.

3. Hire Professionals

We don't recommend you try to install the panels yourself, either. Professionals in the industry, like us at Transform Energy, will know how to install your solar panels and where they'll do the most good.

Solar system maintenance doesn't end with panel installation. You'll need regular inspections of your panels and solar system. These inspections ensure that your solar system continues working safely and efficiently.

4. Guard Against Wildlife

Wireless solar panels don't exist yet. This runs into issues with wildlife. If you've ever had a pet, you know that animals approach unfamiliar things by sniffing them and chewing on them.

Not only can this kill the animal, but it can knock out power to your system as well. Investing in pest control protects your power and wild animals' lives at the same time.

5. Place Panels Facing the Sun

Obstructions aren't the only thing that can disrupt your panel's sun access. Angling the panels wrong can cost you electricity and money.

Solar panels should face the sun directly. The movement of the earth makes constant generation impossible, but you should be able to generate enough electricity to power your business during the day.

6. Buy Efficient Products

We suggest tweaking more than the solar panels to maximize energy efficiency. Think about the appliances you use. How much power do they require?

Biofuel won't do much good if you're driving a Hummer. The same logic applies to solar panels. If you invest in solar panels but not energy-efficient appliances, you're wasting your money.

Getting the Most Out of Commercial Solar

If you're thinking of installing a commercial solar system, we can help. We've offered some advice on getting the most out of commercial solar, but solar power is a complex system.

You can learn more about solar by reading our blog. If you have a new system and need help installing and maintaining it, call us. It's just one of many services we offer at Transform Energy.

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