Fire has caused a lot of concerns and questions for people across the state. Within the realm of solar, several questions have been coming up regularly on the maintenance of solar panels. Our community is not directly impacted by the recent influx of devastating fires. However, the fires are close, and people are curious as to what impact the fire may have on their panels. This short article outlines some of the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.
Do My Panels Still Work?
Yes. Even when air quality is as poor as it is now, your panels are still working and producing energy. They are not functioning at their highest levels – such as they would on a clear, bright, warm day – but they are absolutely working. Some reports explain that poor air quality may make your panels up to 25% less efficient, in the worst-case scenario, but your panels are still working.
Do I Need to Clean Them?
After extended periods of very poor air quality, without any rain, cleaning your panels with a professional solar maintenance company is a good idea. The film left from pollutants can decrease how well your solar panels work. Right now, the toxins from the smoke are starting to settle on your panels. However, the rain in the upcoming forecast should clean the panels right up to top-performing condition.
What if there is a fire here?
We are hopeful that our community never suffers the tragedy of loss that recent fires have inflicted on surrounding communities. However, the one recommendation we can confidently make is to ensure your solar system is fully covered on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Many homeowners forget to work with their insurance professional after the solar panels are installed. However, if the policy does not show the upgrade to your home, in the event of the loss, your panels may not be released.
Maintenance of solar panels is important with your solar installation system. Whether it is for your home or your business, taking additional steps to ensure your panels are clean and insured is important. And when air quality is bad, do not be concerned your panels are not working. They are still producing energy and as the air clears, the panels will kick back into full energy producing gear.