Solar Panel Efficiency; How Can I Improve My System?

solar panel efficiency

We’re delighted to see the solar market in Texas grow at the rate that it has. More people are getting the message that solar is not just an environmentally conscious investment but also a cost-saving one. The benefits of going solar in Texas cannot be understated. But, some homeowners may not be aware of the optimal conditions for their system’s performance or how to improve the overall efficiency. 

Solar panel efficiency refers to the ability/rate at which solar panels can convert sunlight into usable energy. Several factors can impact the efficiency of solar panels, including weather conditions, orientation and tilt angle of the panels, and system maintenance.

Optimum Conditions for Solar Performance

The efficiency of solar panels is heavily reliant on the amount of sunlight available to them. Therefore, the optimal conditions for solar performance are when the panels receive maximum exposure to sunlight; this means that the orientation and tilt angle of the panels are critical factors in achieving optimal solar performance.

The orientation of the panels refers to the direction that the panels face. In the northern hemisphere, south-facing panels will receive the most sunlight throughout the day; in contrast, north-facing panels will receive the least amount of sunlight. The angle at which the panels are tilted is also important, and the optimal tilt angle is determined by the location’s latitude and the season.

Other factors that can impact the efficiency of solar panels include temperature, humidity, and cloud cover. In general, cooler temperatures are better for solar performance, as high temperatures can cause the panels to become less efficient. 

Aside from angle, tilt, and array placement, you cannot control these other environmental factors, so using experienced solar panel installers is so important from the get-go. 

Solar Panel Efficiency – Routines To Help Performance

System Monitoring

By monitoring the system, homeowners can identify any issues that may be impacting the performance of their panels. Monitoring can be done manually or through monitoring software, such as a phone app. Many solar companies help clients learn what to watch out for and how to read their energy output metrics to see if patterns and disconcerting trends emerge. 

Maintenance and Cleaning

Regular solar panel maintenance and cleaning are also critical to maintaining efficiency. Dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the surface of the panels, which can block sunlight and reduce their efficiency. While they don’t need to be cleaned too often, solar panel performance can be impacted if debris builds up over time. 

Cleaning solar panels can be done using a soft brush and water, but homeowners should avoid using abrasive materials that can scratch the surface of the panels. In addition, homeowners should avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the panels.

Professional System Inspection

Homeowners should consider having their solar panels inspected by professionals periodically. A professional inspection can identify any issues impacting the panels’ efficiency, such as damaged or faulty wiring or even a malfunctioning solar inverter. Most solar companies offer inspection and solar repair services, and it is recommended that homeowners have their panels inspected at least once every few years.

Solar Panel Efficiency – Go Local for the Best Support

There are many solar companies in Houston that offer system design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring services. When choosing a solar company, homeowners should look for one with industry experience and a great local reputation. 

To learn more about Sunshine Renewable Solutions and how we can help you get the most out of your solar array or start a new solar project, please contact us today.