The Solar Power Blog: Tips and How-To. Category

Cleaning our Panels

Posted by Simon in Financial, Solar Panels, Tips and How-To

Some installers claim their panels, if placed on steep pitch will ‘self-clean’. I’m not so certain about this. In particular bird droppings will probably have a disproportionate effect on panel performance but are difficult to remove by a power hose for example unless you act quickly. And even the most passionate solar power owners do not spend all day staring at their panels!

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Monitor Meter Mayday!

Posted by Simon in Solar Panels, Solar Thermal, Tips and How-To, Uncategorized

(This happened in May so I thought you’d forgive the headline.)
I’d been away for a few days and also the weather continued its gloomy theme. You know what its like –there are some days when you just don’t want to know how little your panels are producing (although it’s quite impressive how much they still generate despite the murk) – and busy travelling around so solar is not first thing on your mind.
However I eventually thought it was time to put another reading into when- horror of horrors – the monitor was flatlining! Continue reading “Monitor Meter Mayday!” »

April 1st – Don’t be fooled

Posted by Simon in Financial, Solar Panels, Tips and How-To

April 1st is an important day for solar microgenerators  (the posh term for you and me and other UK users of  Lest we forget, it’s the day that the feed-in tariff allocated to your installation is increased by RPI inflation. So it’s also a very good day to log on to OnYour and enter your meter reading. Continue reading “April 1st – Don’t be fooled” »