Servicing and Upkeep of Solar Panels – Solar Power Services

Servicing and Upkeep of Solar Panels – Solar Power Services

guest post by Sara Oliver

Solar panels are by nature designed to withstand everything that nature can throw at them and are therefore low maintenance items. That’s the point – low maintenance, not no maintenance. Anything, no matter how well engineered, must take account of Mother Nature.                         

The cleaning of solar panels is very important to the output of your solar system. Think of a clean car windscreen versus a windscreen that has not been cleaned in 6 months.

Dust build-up during the summer months can result in 5-10% loss of your entire solar energy system. It is recommended that you have your modules expertly cleaned, using only the right materials to ensure system optimisation.

There are a few obvious things that you can pay attention to ensure the most efficient output of your system.

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the Road to 2040: An overview of the petrol and diesel sales ban

the Road to 2040: An overview of the petrol and diesel sales ban

The UK government recently announced a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel engine cars from 2040, amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide are posing a major risk to public health. The UK government claims that the ban must take place due to the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality is having on the general public’s health. Although over the past 15 years, government data shows that the UK has made huge steps towards improving air quality, it is felt that the only way to improve the issue and keep it at bay is to ban the worst generators of this pollutant for good. 

Nitrogen oxide reacts in the atmosphere to form Nitrogen dioxide, which causes adverse effects on health.  Studies show that long term exposure to Nitrogen dioxide can have many serious health issues to the public, such as decreasing lung function, increased risk of respiratory conditions and increased response to allergens. As Nitrogen dioxide is in the atmosphere around us, it is impossible to avoid breathing it in. Therefore, the negative health effects will only continue if nothing is done to improve the atmospheric conditions.

Check out this infographic by Select Car Leasing to see why this is happening and if the UK will be ready for the switch.

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Solar Panels: The Positive and Negative Impacts on the Environment

Solar Panels: The Positive and Negative Impacts on the Environment

guest post by Derek Lotts

Environmentalism is a hot topic in the modern world, and rightfully so. With the rise of industrialization over the past two centuries, the burning of fossil fuels and the overuse of limited natural resources for energy generation as well as the decrease in clean water supply, the Earth is quickly moving towards a perilous future.

Humanity is in need of a radical change in the way energy is harvested, stored and utilized. Although fossil fuel companies want you to believe otherwise, solar energy is the only sustainable, eco-friendly and inexhaustible source of clean energy.

Solar power is the way of the future, as it will allow the Earth’s population to thrive under an unlimited supply of energy, decrease energy expenses, and preserve the environment. Here’s how solar panels can benefit the ecosystem, promote long-term health, and allow for financial independence.

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How to Choose the Best Solar Panels

How to Choose the Best Solar Panels

Guest post by Reviews.com

Solar panels are the best way to get your power for free. And while they're built to last for 25 years or more, it'll take some time to recoup your investment — and not every manufacturer or installer will be around as long. An engineer and a solar expert confirmed our findings: The best panels have efficiency ratings that pack a powerful punch and come from manufacturers with a proven track record.

Reviews.com, a small group of obsessive consumers, dedicated months to finding which solar panels were worth it, and which ones were a waste of money. They evaluated 188 contenders and found 5 top picks.

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DIY Green Roofs

DIY Green Roofs

Guest post by Matt, writer and editor at Georgia Roof Pro

“Going green” and being eco-friendly is both environmentally and financially favorable, so it is no wonder green roofs are becoming more and more popular. A sustainable, green roof is partially or completely covered with vegetation. It protects the building from moisture, leaks and water runoff. It significantly decreases energy consumption, has a longer service life, and therefore requires less overall maintenance. It is both environmentally and economically more beneficial.

You can build your own green roof, and here is how...

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Global trends in recycling: how does your country measure up?

Global trends in recycling: how does your country measure up?

guest post by Penny Klein

An infographic that describes recycling trends and statistics around the world. How does your country measure up? 

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Going Solar: look before you leap (then leap!)

Going Solar: look before you leap (then leap!)

According to the 9th United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015” report, this year saw the rate of investment in renewables increase by 17% worldwide, to USD$270 billion. Most of this investment has been in solar and wind energy. As a result, the cost of solar energy has become cheaper and easier to implement by businesses and individuals alike.

What we are witnessing now, in the second decade of the second millennium, is a veritable global revolution in the development and distribution of solar energy technologies.

So why is solar becoming more affordable for the average homeowner and even for low-income households? And most important, how can you benefit from the development of solar energy technologies, even if you still can't afford to install solar panels on your home (or even if you're not a homeowner)?

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