How to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency
Solar energy is quickly turning into one of the biggest assets to humankind due to its ability to generate energy for everyday tasks with ease and for a cheaper cost, whether for your home or your business. Here are some of the ways you can increase solar panel efficiency
Keep Your Solar Panels Clean
If you find that dust has accumulated on the surface of the glass of the solar panel, it will reduce the efficiency of the panels. With dust, streaks, and anything else that could shade parts of the solar panels, sufficient sunlight may not reach the photovoltaic cells, and instead of being converted by the cells, these sunlight photons may get dissipated. Make sure that there is no dust or dirt on the surface of the cell. Learn more about how to clean solar panels or schedule our solar panel cleaning service here!
Make Sure Solar Panels Are Installed Correctly
You need to make sure that the solar panels are installed correctly and there is proper orientation along with the right adjustment of the angle. This ensures that the solar panel gets sufficient sunlight throughout the day.
It’s advised that the orientation of the solar panels in the northern hemisphere should be facing south so maximum sunlight can hit the solar cells. The panel should also be tilted so that they receive sunlight from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Avoid Installing Solar Panels in Shaded Areas
You should make sure that the solar panel are not kept in areas where they may be shaded. Any shading significantly limits the efficiency of solar panel efficiency. This problem is compounded if you have a solar power system with solar cells connected in a series combination using string inverters.
Make Use of a Solar Concentrator
A “solar concentrator” is exactly what it sounds like, a device or system that concentrates solar energy from a large area onto a smaller, contained area where the solar cells are located. This could look like a large mirror or a series of smaller mirrors in a dish-like formation to concentrate sunlight onto the panels.
Follow these steps to save on energy and monthly bills.