RevoluSun offers maintenance and cleaning for solar panel owners regardless of who installed the system
HONOLULU — Hawaii homeowners with a PV system can now increase their solar energy output, regardless of who installed their solar system, thanks to RevoluSun’s new Complete Performance Service, which provides cleaning and maintenance of solar panels. RevoluSun, Hawaii’s premier solar company, recently celebrated the connection of more than 5,500 RevoluSun customers to solar power and its successful evolution into a one-stop shop for energy efficiency and sustainable lifestyle home improvement products.
“Solar panels need to be cleaned in order to achieve optimum performance,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun Chief Innovation Officer. “Depending on the location of the home, leaves, bird droppings and other sedimentation can compromise the panels’ ability to absorb as much PV energy as possible. We recommend cleaning panels at least once a year, or more if the home is near a high-traffic roadway, new home construction or in a high dust part of the island.” In addition, PV systems in Hawaii are now old enough that thousands of installer warranties are expiring each year. “RevoluSun’s Complete Performance service can also provide a third party assessment to make sure there aren’t any warranty related issues with your system’s installation,” added Carlson.
Complete performance service includes:
- Panel cleaning per the module manufacturer’s recommended specifications (for those with a SunPower system this is particularly important as only a SunPower certified installer can perform maintenance on those systems).
- Thorough inspection of system components, including mounting, racking, wiring and inverters.
- Detailed report with before and after photos and next step recommendations for system maintenance.
In addition to RevoluSun’s PV performance service, RevoluSun services Solar Thermal Hot Water systems. The solar thermal hot water maintenance service includes:
- Draining the hot water tank to remove built up sedimentation.
- Replacing anode rods in the tank (the anode rod is the “sacrificial lamb” that prevents degradation of the interior lining of the hot water tank).
- Checking (and replacing if necessary) pressure relief valves in the solar thermal collectors, which can become clogged and prevent the collectors from being able to adequately exhaust over-heated water.
The company is also preparing for a very busy 2016 with the Federal Tax Credit for PV systems currently set to expire on December 31, 2016. Only homeowners who complete the installation of their PV solar systems before the end of 2016 will be eligible for the 30 percent Federal Credit, so it is extremely important to submit an application for interconnection to HECO as soon as possible. “We want to make it as easy to get yourself in the queue with HECO, so we are performing the engineering work and submitting your net metering application without payment or deposit,” says Carlson. The final decision to move forward with solar may happen after HECO approval (removing the stress and uncertainty of the solar approval process).