Solar Power Best Practices


Going solar represents a strong commitment to sustainability and makes good business sense for a global future (Planson’s Eco-friendly Impact); but, like any major change, it requires careful planning to see results. Reflection on operational power needs, the best location for setup and inspections, and long-term maintenance feasibility are just some of the factors that companies need to consider. Luckily, as the solar industry continues to grow, so too does our understanding how best to harness the technology for any need.

Dependable solar performance stems not only from good design, but also from best practices for optimal efficiency. One of the most important decisions toward this end lies in panel positioning: the more sunlight that reaches the panels, the more electricity generated and the more money saved. Industry experts generally recommend systems facing south, which allow for the greatest amount of direct light throughout the day. Owners are also advised to install where there is no risk of shade – coverage of just one cell can weaken the panel, inhibiting the whole system in severe cases.

The perfect location may seem elusive, but as the tech improves, consumers with even small areas of full sun can benefit from solar. Panels are getting smaller and more efficient every year, with high-efficiency panels requiring fewer arrays for greater return. Calculating exact energy requirements for everyday use will make it clear what options are available, whether it be full-scale in a nearby field or small enough to fit on a rooftop overhang. This tool from Build It Solar explains the steps for tracking down these important analytics.

While solar panels require little maintenance overall, best practices include inspecting the system a few times a year to protect against dust and dirt buildup over time. Wet areas where panels tilt are particularly at risk, and heavy coverage will eventually influence the amount of energy produced.

What type of solar is right for you? Please review our updated list of LTAs, which include new products such as small and portable panels, chargers, and more. Planson representatives remain ready to answer any questions or requests that you may have.