Is Your Solar System Ready For Summer?

With Summer only a small leap from the bustling winter chill, if you have a solar system installed on your roof, it is important to get your system ready for when summer begins.

Leon Siebel, Co-founder and Head of Communications at Sunbank Solar has put together some tips on how to get your solar system ready for summer 2019!

Pre-Summer Solar System Service

Longer daylight hours and increased solar energy generation by the system, means that your solar system will be working very hard against some high temperatures to generate clean, solar energy for your household. By conducting a pre-summer solar system service, you can have peace of mind that each component has been tested and are in working condition. A 16-point health check of your solar system means that every component is tested, and a comprehensive report is made to you detailing all components of your solar system. This will also detail any faults with advice on how to rectify them in accordance with Australian solar standards.

… conducting a solar panel clean for your system, you can minimise the affect that unkept solar panels will have on the overall solar generation…

Solar Panel Clean

On face value, one of the major components of your solar system. If your solar panels are covered in debris, this will limit the ability of the system to generate energy.  By conducting a solar panel clean for your system, you can minimise the affect that unkept solar panels will have on the overall solar generation of the system. Most solar systems lay prey to pigeons and birds leaving their business on the panels, over time this will affect the solar panels as the toxicity can seep through the panels when left unkept or not cleaned for a pro-longed period of time. A quick solar panel clean will ensure that any bird droppings or debris is removed off the panels in time for the summer of sun.

Remove any obstructions that may cause shading on your system

Shading on your solar system is a major cause of decreased solar energy generation for solar system homeowners, and by removing these obstructions that are shading the panels, you may see an incredible increase in the overall efficiency of the system. With most solar PV systems installed on Australian homes in a string system, when one panel is shaded, this affects the entire systems’ overall output. By limiting this shading you are limiting the affect that it will have on your solar system so that it can generate more savings for your household.

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Summer of Sun – Best Time for Solar

Summer of 2019 is predicted to be a sunny one, in Australia that’s a given. Longer average daylight hours mean that your solar system will be working for a longer duration under the sun to produce your household clean, solar energy. In some states, the average daylight hours is increased almost by double than those seen in winter! Here is the average amount of daylight hours for each state that you can expect to receive:

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Average Daylight Hours in Summer







Source: Australian Government, Your Home – Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes – Photovoltaic Systems

Beat Summer Blackouts

Extremely prevalent, especially for south-eastern Australia are blackouts throughout the summer period. This could be due to reasons such as; warmer temperatures or higher demand on power (air-conditioners/cooling). Coupled together, both factors typically make up an average Australian summer season. Blackouts mean that your home will be without power for a period, without access to an electric air conditioner or fresh refrigerated food. By beating summer with blackout protection, you can rest assured that your home can keep cool under the heat. Learn more about blackout protection here.

Get your solar system ready for summer with a pre-summer solar service. Contact Sunbank Solar on 1300 28 29 30.