As the UK settles in for another lockdown, we want to take the opportunity to reassure you about all the measures we’ve taken at Spirit so we can continue the drive to sustainable energy during this challenging time.
Solar panels perform best when they are clean. Any dirt or growth on the modules can block out sunlight and have a substantial impact on power output. Perhaps the hardest form of soiling to remove is lichen on solar panels.
But why does it grow on solar arrays and how can we deal with it?
We’re regularly contacted by customers, who have received an unsolicited call or letter from another company, offering them a ‘free solar panel health check’ or warning about their solar PV system being at risk of failing. This is a common scam.
One of the most appealing aspects of solar PV is that it requires very little maintenance in return for decades of functioning lifetime. With no moving parts, solar panels aren’t put under the mechanical stresses inherent in other generators. But the system is a significant investment - with most of its return based on using its electricity - so a little upkeep is worthwhile to ensure it’s always performing at its best.
Solar panels offer a ready-made shelter for nesting under combined with a high vantage point from which to survey the surroundings.
If there’s such a thing as estate agency in bird world, and in particular pigeon world, it’s easy to envisage the blurb on the sale particulars for a nest under a well-located 4kW array.
Of course the pigeon’s gain is the system owner’s loss. Nesting birds cause problems for solar panels and increase the need for general building maintenance.
Luckily the industry has now developed well-proven solutions for solar panel protection: solar mesh and solar bird spikes.
Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. And with it, the start of the sunny-but- not-so-hot season in which solar panels thrive.
Clean panels do better than dirty panels. And a well-maintained, serviced system does best of all.
Which begs the question, how proactive should you be in looking after your solar system? What do other Spirit Energy customers do by way of servicing?