Many solar systems require little or no maintenance to operate smoothly throughout the year, but you should have them service occasionally. Dirt, leaves and dust can accumulate and reduce the amount of power that your system can produce. Have a licensed installer come out regularly to preform maintenance on your system.
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The amount of electricity you generate from solar panels is dependent on how many panels you install and the efficiency of these panels. You will need to do a little math to calculate the number of panels you will need. Higher-efficiency panels are often your best bet cost-wise.
Maximize the output of your solar panels by adjusting them seasonally. Adjusting your panels twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter, will ensure that your panels are producing the maximum amount of energy by taking into account the earth's changing position relative to the sun.