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4 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Solar Panels

As we move past winter and welcome spring, it's an ideal time to ensure that your solar energy system is ready to deliver its best performance. Despite requiring relatively little maintenance, your solar system may need periodic upkeep to function effectively and supply you with sustainable energy for the long haul. Here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind as we embrace the spring sunshine. Please keep in mind that the suggestions shared in this blog can be implemented from the ground. We don’t recommend that homeowners get up on their rooftops to perform an inspection.

1. Inspect for Winter Damage

Before diving into spring maintenance tasks, conduct a visual inspection of your solar panels and other system components to check for any damage caused by winter weather conditions. From ground level, look for abnormalities with the panels, loose connections, or signs of corrosion that may have developed during the colder months.

2. Check for Pests and Nesting Animals

Springtime is nesting season for many birds and critters, and they may see your solar panels as a cozy shelter. Inspect your panels for signs of nesting activity or pest infestation, such as nests, clusters droppings, or seeing a critter come and go to the same area.

If you do spot a nest or debris, this should be inspected and addressed to ensure no wires were damaged. Please contact our service department to schedule an opportunity for us to investigate and remedy any potential issues.

3. Trim Nearby Trees and Vegetation

Keep an eye on your solar energy system's performance throughout the spring months to ensure that it's operating at peak efficiency. Monitor your energy production levels and compare them to previous months to detect any unexpected drops in output. As trees and shrubs start to bloom in the spring, they may cast shadows on your solar system, reducing its energy production. If you notice a drop in production, you may need to trim back any overhanging branches or foliage that could be shading your panels during peak sunlight hours. This will ensure that your solar energy system receives maximum sunlight exposure throughout the day. If you’re unsure how to read your production levels or access your monitoring portal, please connect with our service team.

4. Schedule Professional Maintenance

While there are many maintenance tasks you can perform on your own, scheduling regular professional maintenance checks is essential to ensure your investment is operating in top condition. A qualified technician can inspect all components of your system, identify any potential issues, and perform necessary repairs or adjustments to optimize performance.

Reach Out

Enjoy the sunshine and the benefits of solar power this spring. By following these spring maintenance tips, you can ensure that your solar energy system continues to provide you with clean, renewable energy for years to come. If you’d like to schedule a service visit, please submit a tech support ticket.

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