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Chris Zepponi, Vice President of Sales
Take simple steps to get the most out of your solar power system.

Having a solar power system installed on your property requires a lot of time and money, so it’s a good idea to maximize the system’s performance however possible. To get the most out of your system, consider the following tips:

  • Make sure you have high-quality equipment. Solar panels and inverters are installed as one system, and each individual piece only works as well as the entire unit. Tim Netherton, CEO of High Definition Solar in Concord, recommends installing a solar array with micro-inverters. “Micro-inverters are individual inverters for each solar module,” he explains. “They allow the panels to work independently instead of working as a row. That means instead of 16 modules in a row, you can have three or four all working on different parts of your roof.”
  • Your solar contractor should install your solar panels in the best location for gathering sun power. Keep surrounding trees trimmed to limit shade, as even minor shading can lower a solar system’s effectiveness by up to 80 percent. Solar panels are wired in a series, so minor shading on one panel can impact all panels unless they’re used with micro-inverters.
  • Talk with your solar panel provider about maximizing your panel array for your exact location. For example, locations that get early morning fog may benefit from orienting panels to take full advantage of clear skies in the afternoon.
  • Dust, bird droppings, tree branches, fallen leaves and other debris can significantly reduce the energy output of your solar panels. If your area gets a lot of dust, use a hose to clean the panels once a month. In windy areas, clean the panels every month or two. Your installer may be able to provide regular cleaning services or recommend a different company.