Once your solar panels are installed, you need to keep track of how much power you are producing and using on a daily basis. Invest in a quality monitoring system and look at the data as often as possible. If you notice your panels are not producing as much energy as usual, it might be time to clean them.
When the space and resources are available, your best bet for maximum solar energy gathering is a panel system with sun tracking. This type of system tracks the sun's movement across the entire day, and even the entire year. This may cost you a little more at first, but the results in the end are worth it.
As requested here’s a breakdown of the cost in US dollars of the Enphase system with the Canadian Solar panels I installed in 2013. Keep in mind this price …
Before purchasing solar panels, check the track record of the company that is selling them. Many panels come with lengthy warranty periods of up to twenty five years, but this warranty is only good if the company is still in business. Make sure to ask how long the company has been in operation and check ratings with organizations like the BBB before making your purchase.