Protect Your Solar Farm Investment With These Tips

by Caroline Kirby

So, you took the plunge and invested in solar power systems for your property, or perhaps you’re looking into the idea, either way you should have a good understanding of the maintenance required to keep your solar panels fully functioning.

Solar energy is low maintenance, not no maintenance. Protect your investment and get the most out of your property with these important tips.

Be Prepared

To properly take care of your solar equipment you’ll need the right toolkit. There are various kits available that come with all the necessities: hose, squeegee, microfiber cleaning cloth, and soft brushes. However, it’s in your best interest to also look for items like extendable handle brushes to make the job easier.

 Ensure Long-Term Benefits with Regular Upkeep

The good news is that breakthroughs in engineering and more sophisticated technologies have led to an increase in the life expectancy of solar panels meaning if you put in some work you can ensure a long life for your solar equipment.

  • Clean Your Equipment

Thankfully, rain will do most of the work for you, but it’s still a good idea to check your panels every so often and make sure there’s no buildup or residue that will prevent the absorption of solar energy. Pay special attention to your panels if your solar farm is in a dusty area or the area is experiencing high-pollen. Be mindful that you don’t damage the glass because even the tiniest of scratches can affect how much light gets to solar cells. Typically, panels only need to be cleaned once or twice a year—depending on your geographic location.

  • Regular Inspection

It’s good practice to take a look at your panels every few months, or particularly after large storms, just to make sure everything is in working order. Build-ups of pollen or tree material will cause you to lose power. The more regularly you check on your solar panels the quicker you can solve any problems that may arise. If you have a large lot consider assembling and training a group of trusted individuals to help make the process go by faster.

  • Monitor Output

To make sure your panels are efficient and giving you what you need be sure to regularly monitor their output. Installing an energy monitor will track your energy metrics. Analyze metrics before and after a cleaning to gauge the improvements and then you can start to establish a regular cleaning schedule based on the output. Don’t rely solely on the utility company’s numbers and make sure your entire system is performing correctly.

Whether you’re considering getting into a solar farm project or you have an existing solar system we hope these simple tips will make a big difference in protecting your investment and optimizing efficiency.

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Should You Build A Solar Farm on Your Property?

Solar energy panels in a farmer's field

by Caroline Kirby

Property owners across the country have been turning to solar power systems for various reasons, but two great ones include lowering your carbon footprint and boosting your property’s value. Regardless of your reasons, turning to solar power could be a great decision for your property.

Many commercial property owners are turning their empty land into solar farms.

Solar Farms Explained

Solar farms (aka solar parks and solar fields) are large-scale application of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate green, clean electricity at scale, usually to feed into the grid. They can span anywhere from 1 to 100 acres and are usually found in rural areas.

Things to Consider

Solar power systems provide economic and environmental incentives and as the cost of renewable energy comes down there’s no better time to get into solar energy, but here are some questions to consider when making a decision.

  1. Does your land have good solar exposure? Ideal land for successful solar energy ventures is flat, located in an area with high levels of sun, does not have too many trees (shade will reduce the output), and has southern exposure. For a quick look to see if your land is a good match use a PV watts calculator.
  2. Do you have time? While the final product is well worth it, developing a solar farm, even smaller ones, require a lot of planning and a lot of time. If you’re looking for faster turnaround on your investment then this may not be the venture for you. Permitting, financing, and construction can keep your solar farm in production for 2-5 years.
  3. Is your land near existing transmission infrastructure? High voltage transmission lines or substations located near your land could save you substantially by cutting out the need to build extra transmission infrastructure. If you haven’t bought land yet consider this factor when searching for properties.
  4. Will local utilities buy the power from your farm? Finding a great property that fits all the criteria means nothing if you don’t have customers. Call around to regional utility or large commercial properties in the area and see if they’re looking for solar energy.
  5. Can you maintain the farm? In order to efficiently maintain your solar panels you’ll need land that’s near water resources as you’ll have to do regular rinsing to keep dust away, you’ll need man power to remove leaves and debris in the fall, equipment for removing any ice or snow in the winter, and you can’t forget annual inspections! Solar energy is worth the hassle, but it isn’t maintenance-free. Keep this in mind when considering options for your land.

The world is moving to cleaner and safer energy sources so if you have an ideal property for solar, why not go for it? The process is long and requires lots of documentation, but the end result is well worth it.

Here are some great properties featured on LandHub that may be a great starting point for solar farms.

When you’re ready to start shopping around you can browse our properties hereAt LandHub, we offer thousands of resources and listings if you’re looking for land chances are we have it.

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