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Tips and Tricks to Boost Your Solar System’s Efficiency

Are you tired of staring at sky-high energy bills, wondering how you can cut costs without sacrificing your power usage? Or, maybe you've already made the switch to solar energy but aren''t quite seeing the savings you expected. Whatever your situation may be, there's good news: with a few simple tips and tricks, you can boost your solar system's efficiency and maximize your energy savings. 

In this blog, we'll explore some creative ways to get most of your solar system''s efficiency so you can start reaping the rewards of sustainable, cost-effective energy. Keep reading, and let's shine some light on how you can supercharge your solar system and take control of your energy costs!

Bright Ideas for Better Efficiency: 10 Tips to Boost Your Solar Panels Power Output

Here are a few simple steps you can take to boost your solar panel efficiency:

  1. Keep Your Solar Panels Clean: Solar panels can accumulate dirt, pollen, and other debris which reduces their efficiency. That''s why it''s a good idea to be cleaning the panels once a year—ideally with a gentle brush—so they can help keep operating at their best. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, consider hiring a professional.
  2. Keep Your Panels Cool: PV panels generally operate at their maximum efficiency between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. When they exceed 150 degrees, however, solar system efficiency begins to decline. Installing the panels a few inches above your roof's surface can help solve this issue, as it allows air to flow freely, which keeps your panels cooler.
  3. Don''t Overlook Solar Panel Placement: Generally speaking, solar panels should face south for optimal sun exposure. Just remember, the angle of your rooftop solar panels plays a large role in how much sunlight in PV systems can receive. The exact angle depends on your latitude, the design of your roof, and ultimately, the time of year. Still, most commercial business owners find the optimal angle for solar panels is between 30 and 45 degrees. 
  4. Install a Backup Battery: Most solar energy systems are grid-tied, meaning your panels produce the majority of your used energy. When they can't, you''ll need to pull electricity from the grid. Unless of course you have a backup battery. These storage options allow you to house excess energy for later use, reducing your reliance on the grid and potentially saving you money in the long run.
  5. Use High-Efficiency Solar Panels: Not all solar panels are created equal. Some are more efficient than others, meaning they have the ability to convert more sunlight into more electricity. Upgrading to high-efficiency panels can boost your solar system's efficiency and energy output.
  6. Conduct Regular Maintenance Checks: In addition to keeping your panels clean, it's essential to regularly inspect your solar system for any signs of wear and tear. A malfunctioning panel can significantly reduce your solar system's efficiency, so catching and repairing any issues early on is crucial.
  7. Optimize Your Energy Usage: The more energy efficient your building is, the less energy you'll need to generate from your solar panels. Consider investing in energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and HVAC systems to help reduce your overall energy usage.

Every business needs to place profitability at the forefront of their annual goals. With excess energy usage being a common pain point for many businesses, lowering utility costs is an effective way for them to significantly improve their bottom line.
3 Tips to Reduce Your Energy Usage

  1. Implement a Monitoring System: Solar monitoring systems keep track of your system's energy production, alerting you of any drops in efficiency or performance issues. With this data, it''s much easier to quickly identify and address any problems that may arise.
  2. Consider Adding Solar Tracking Systems: Solar tracking systems allow your panels to follow the sun's movement throughout the day, maximizing their exposure to sunlight. And yes, while they may be more expensive than fixed panels, they significantly increase your energy production and overall efficiency, which pays off in the long-run.
  3. Invest in Energy Storage Solutions: In addition to backup batteries, energy storage solutions—like thermal energy storage—can help you store excess energy for later use. This goes a long way to reducing your reliance on the grid and maximizing your solar system's efficiency.

Your Top Choice for Commercial Solar Panel Installation, Maintenance and More 

Ready to boost your solar system''s efficiency? Good news, Pacifico Power is ready to help. We've been developing large-scale, commercial solar projects for over a decade, with experience in design, permitting, financing and more. Whatever your unique needs may be, rest easy knowing we''ve got the perfect solution. Get in touch with our helpful team, or schedule a free assessment to learn more.