With global energy consumption steadily increasing year after year, we are responsible for looking for green solutions to help fulfill this rising demand. This is why thousands of families have turned to solar power as a way to supplement our growing energy needs. Summer is right around the corner, and there is no better time to go solar! This blog will go over tips and tricks for maximizing your solar system this summer!

Why Go Solar in the Summer?

Summer is the best time of the year to invest in a solar system. This is due to the increased number of daylight hours during the season. However, even with the extra hours of sunlight, you may unknowingly not be maximizing your energy output. Below are several tips and tricks to optimize your solar panels’ energy output this summer.:

Solar Panel Placement and Orientation

Randomly placing your solar panels on your roof and calling it a day isn’t enough, especially if you want to use them to their max potential! Your roof has to be carefully analyzed to be able to determine the optimal placement for your home. As a rule of thumb, the default orientation should be perpendicular to the sun’s rays. Being in southern California, the optimal orientation is southwards.

Clean Your Solar Panels Regularly

Don’t neglect your solar panels! If you want them to make the most use of the summer sunshine, you’ll have to tidy them up every once in a while. Neglecting your panels can lead to a buildup of dirt and dust that becomes like a faint veil. This causes sunlight to become diffused across the surface, thus reducing its efficiency in storing solar energy. Make a habit out of cleaning them! Mark your calendar to not forget! At Sunlight Solar, we recommend that panels be cleaned and inspected at least once every six months.

Young worker cleaning solar panels on the roof

Prevent Shade from Covering Your Solar Panels

More sunlight also means more shade from trees and other vegetation. If you have a big tree near your home, and it puts some shade on your panels for a part of the day, then you’ll be losing out on their max potential. If removing an entire tree is out of the question, we recommend chopping off a few branches. Regular trimming and upkeep of trees and vegetation will allow you to make the most of the summer sunshine for maximum solar energy creation.

Now more than ever, it’s vital to invest in cleaner forms of energy, and solar panels are today’s best way of doing so. With summer arriving at our doorstep, we should be ready to make the most out of our clean energy source. We hope these tips and tricks for maximizing your solar system this summer helps! To learn more or install a solar panel system for your home, give Sunlight Solar a call at (858) 564-8032 or click here to contact us today!