Summer is knocking at your door, bringing with it longer days and ample sunlight—perfect conditions for your solar panels to shine. Whether you’re a long-time solar enthusiast or a newcomer eager to dip your toes into renewable energy, there’s no better time than the warm, sunny months to maximize your system’s efficiency. If you’re ready to truly bask in the benefits of green energy, this guide will help you get the most out of your solar panels this summer.

Keep Your Solar Panels Clean and Clear of Debris

The first step to harnessing the power of summer’s longer daylight hours is ensuring your solar panels are clean and free from obstructions. It might seem simple, but you’d be surprised how a layer of dust, bird droppings, or fallen leaves can impact your solar panel’s efficiency.

For most systems, a gentle rinse with a hose will do the trick, but for tougher grime, a soft brush or squeegee with soapy water can make your panels shine. Remember to keep safety first! If your panels are out of easy reach, you should hire a professional to do the cleaning.

Trim Any Overshadowing Trees or Branches

Even more important than keeping your panels clean is ensuring that trees or branches aren’t overshadowing them. Sunlight is the fuel your solar panels need to generate power, so any shade can significantly decrease the system’s efficiency. Take a walk around your property and observe any trees or branches that might cast a shadow over your panels during the day.

Trimming these back maximizes sunlight exposure and protects your panels from potential damage due to falling debris during storms or windy conditions. This simple step can have a big impact on your solar panel’s performance, ensuring you make the most of every ray of sunshine this summer.

Monitor and Plan Your Energy Usage

Keeping a close eye on how much energy you’re generating versus how much you’re using is crucial. Start by monitoring your system’s output with any available apps or tools your solar setup might offer. Many systems allow you to track your energy production in real time, giving you a clear picture of your peak production hours.

You may be ready to reduce your power-grid reliance, take advantage of federal and state incentives that can cover over ⅔ of your system’s cost, and save on energy bills. If so, what are you waiting for? Switch to solar! Greenlink Energy Solutions is a local, veteran-owned solar energy company with a dedicated in-house policy and incentive team. We’ll find and maximize every incentive, program, rebate, or grant your project may qualify for. We believe that when it comes to your home or business, quality matters. So we use nothing but the very best products with the longest warranties. Furthermore, we go the extra mile to deliver flawless installations and friendly and professional customer service. Greenlink is ready to be your partner in energy savings today.