Generally, a solar system is very low maintenance. There are no moving parts, so there are only a few things you need to do to ensure maximum free solar energy:

  • Dusty solar panels will decrease your solar output. If you live in a low-dust climate with occasional rain, you may need to go onto your roof and wipe off those panels with some mild soapy water and a squeegee once every quarter. Don't use any strong detergents. Depending on your roof and solar configuration, you might even be able to do this with an extended mop, extended squeegee, and a garden hose without getting onto the roof.
  • If you live in dusty climates and go solar, you may need to clean your system more often to get the most power. Big debris like leaves and bird droppings MUST GO, so if you get a lot of that, you'll have to clean it regularly. It may be time to trim back some trees if it's been a few years since your original installation and shade analysis.
  • Check your solar system regularly to make sure it's clear. Most times, the rain will do your cleaning for you and you won't even notice that there has been any dust and grime.