SOMETHING SOLAR COMPANIES DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
Did you know that once you purchase a solar electric system for a residential or commercial application that it starts to loose power production as much as 25-30% in the first 60 days!
FACT - Experts agree that dirty solar panels don't produce as much power as clean panels. That loss may range as high as 25% in some areas according to the National Renewable Energy laboratory. Individual dealers have reported losses as high as 30% for some customers who failed to ever clean their panels.
Now that is a poor return on investment, ... You just spent 100% for a solar system, financed it for (25) years and you are loosing 25-30% of the power production because your system is dirty?
HOW DO YOU FIX THIS PROBLEM?
1. PHYSICAL INSPECTION: You could grab a ladder on get on your roof to Inspect the solar panels on a periodic basis (frequency depends on location or the manufacturer's specifications) to remove any debris and dirt and ensure all connections are tight. Generally, speaking dusty areas typically require more frequent inspection ... DON'T DO THAT!
2. USE A MONITORING SERVICE: Another way to make sure you’re getting the most solar potential out of your solar electric system is through a monitoring systems and service ... Your solar electric system is expected to produce a certain amount of power during each month. A solar monitoring system can tell you if your system is off line or if it’s not performing as expected and run diagnostic programs ... THAT IS IF YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT!
The sad part is, that "MOST" solar sales people or companies don't even know how to read or know how to diagnose your solar electric system either ... WHAT?
WHAT THE HECK? ... MONITORING, DIAGNOSTIC PROGRAM?
QUESTION: OK CHRIS, WHATS THE EASY SOLUTION?
ANSWER: I'M GLAD YOU ASKED! :0)
But, before I answer this question, remember this ...
You just paid $20,000 to $50,000 for your residential solar electric system and you will be paying it back over time, (25) years in most cases, so don't you want to make sure its running as efficient as possible, energy loss can cost "YOU" $1,000's of dollars.
Case in point ... Your home uses 1000 kilowatt hours of energy in a given month but your solar electric system is only producing 700 kilowatt hours per month because its dirty, (You are losing 30%) of the systems overall production and its costing you $0.23 cents a kilowatt hour.
LETS DO THE MATH:
300 - Kilowatt Hours Loss
0.23 - Cost to purchase 300 Kilowatts
$69.00 - Energy loss in just one month!
LETS GO EVEN FURTHER:
$69.00 - Energy Loss
X 12 Months = $828.00 Energy Loss for year one.
X 25 Years = $20,700.00 in Total Energy Loss because its dirty?
WHATS THE SOLUTION CHRIS?
I'm glad you asked ... Have the company that you are purchasing your solar electric system from give you a (5) year comprehensive maintenance / diagnostic / repair plan like Quality Home Improvement, Inc. does.