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Solar System Checklist

Solar systems are generally low maintenance due to the lack of any moving parts. However, there are a few things to keep an eye on to ensure the longevity of a system. Most of the return on your investment in a solar system is through the energy it produces, so it’s key to ensure your system is running smoothly.

  1. Visual Inspection. It is not recommended that homeowners go on the roof to inspect their solar system. A quick look from the ground can go a long way. From the ground, look to see if any of the panels have any damage or debris buildup. Keeping an eye on this is a good way to compare your panels with your system monitoring reports.
  2. Online Monitoring. Your solar system should come with a tool to track its production. Make sure to look at that monitoring tool every so often to make sure the system is up and working properly. If you have a SolarEdge inverter, check the indication lights. Here’s what they’re telling you.
    • Red Light - System error.
    • Green Static Light - Your solar system is powered on, in production and operating properly.
    • Green Blinking Light - Your solar system is powered on and not in production (waiting for the sun to come up).
    • Blue Static Light - Your inverter is communicating with the monitoring platform.
  3. Look Out for New Shading. Shading will influence your system’s production. Keep an eye on any trees that may have overgrown since the install. It's better to be proactive than reactive in this case. Keep trees trimmed to avoid possible shading issues.
  4. Keep Inverters and Shut Offs Clear. Make sure to keep trees and bushes clear from inverters and shut off switches. It’s crucial to have a clear path in the event of an emergency.
  5. Panel Cleaning. Cleaning the panels is not recommended. A good rain storm will wash away any dust or debris. While panels are extremely durable, improper cleaning tools and/or techniques can potentially damage the panels. Please check with Nelnet Renewable Energy before cleaning the panels to discuss options.

Additional Monitoring: Sense Meter

Most systems come with a monitoring app to track the system’s daily output, but Sense Meter takes it to the next level. Sense Meter is a small box that gets installed in the main electric panel. It not only tracks your solar production; it can track energy consumption throughout your home. This can be valuable to a homeowner because it shows ways to cut down on your usage. It can track individual appliances, letting you identify where your usage is coming from. Sense Meter is a good addition for people who want an extra edge when it comes to monitoring their home’s energy production and consumption.

Need Additional Help?

Please direct any inquiries about service on your solar system to SolarSupport@nelnet.net or reach out to your solar consultant.

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