Tips for maintaining home Solar panels in South Australia

The South Australian climate can be a difficult one to manage – especially when dealing with delicate materials and mechanisms such as those found in home solar panels in Adelaide and South Australia as well.

Always be aware of them when temperatures reach their most extreme and keep a general eye on them to prevent them from any serious damage.

Which parts of the home solar panels require the most maintenance?

The exterior of most home solar panels is made up of thick glass and it’s this part which requires the most maintenance. Inside this thick glass, you’ll find the electrical components of the panels however these are generally well protected.

How often should you clean your home solar panels?

A little attention on a regular basis can make a huge difference to the life span of your solar panels. Aim to clean them approximately 4 times annually, increasing this if weather conditions have been particularly extreme.

If your home is subject to heavy dust or if your panels are situated in a place where leaf fall is a problem, you may have to clean your panels more regularly.

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How do you clean home solar panels?

There are two main methods for keeping your home solar panels well maintained.

You can purchase a solar panel cleaning kit, which will include liquid soap, cloths and 2 brushes – one small and one with a long handle. You’ll need to mix the soap with water then dip the brush in and rub it lightly over the solar panels. Do not allow the soap to dry on the solar panels as this will block the amount of sunlight that they can absorb – instead, wipe it off when the panels are still wet.

You could also install a monitoring system which will help to alert you when the performance of your solar panels begins to drop. This will most likely indicate that cleaning is required and systems such as this will help you to diagnose any issues as soon as they arise.

According to this solar company, ( – “If there are any areas of your solar panels which you are not able to clean yourself, it is well worth hiring a professional in order to keep them in optimum condition.”

Solar Battery Systems

The solar industry has transformed Australian electricity and the way in which we get our power.

Due to its climate, levels of solar PV panels in residential and commercial properties in Australia are amongst the highest in the world. However there are new and dramatic changes afoot with the arrival of solar energy storage batteries, which will make going completely off grid a real possibility.

For example, Elon Musk has developed some amazing batter technology with his Telsa Motors company:

What are solar batteries?

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A solar battery is a rechargeable device that receives energy from the sun using Photovoltaics.

The solar battery will generally be implanted into the device it is set to power and can be fully charged after just 1-2 hours of sunlight exposure.

Solar batteries contain solar cells, which collect light and cause the movement of electrons in semiconductors.

When the electrons come into contact with metal, the energy created can either be used immediately or it can be stored in a solar cell. Having energy stored in a solar cell in the solar batteries enables these devices to discharge the energy when needed.

Do you still need solar panels?

Yes. Solar battery systems require solar PV panels to charge them. However solar battery systems will make consumers far less reliant on traditional energy companies and could offer a hugely positive effect for remote communities or those wanting to effectively become their own power stations.

What do solar battery systems mean for the solar industry?

Industry experts are predicting solar battery systems will have a huge effect on the solar industry – likening the phenomena to the effect of mobile phones on the world of communications.

There is likely to be a huge demand for these systems in both residential and commercial properties where people can benefit from a far cheaper and yet still effective source of power.

The solar battery system could also mean big changes for the way that consumers purchase energy.

Many predict that ‘packages’ similar to those offered in the mobile telephone industry could be seen – such as set plans and capped price options instead of simply buying kilowatt hours.

For additional learning resources on solar batteries, visit this Wikipedia page about solar batteries.