My Energy is an intelligent online dashboard that lets you review and manage your net energy usage—the difference between the energy your home uses and the energy your renewable system produces. It is the first place you should go to see how much energy you have saved. You also can find additional steps for improving your system’s performance.
Dirt on solar panels can come from dust and soot from nearby roads,bird waste and especially from rainy or dry weather conditions. In fact, “soiling” is the single most important performance factor under your direct control. PG&E suggests having your solar panels inspected every one to two years, or whenever you notice a significant drop in performance during clear weather.
Important: System maintenance and inspections should only be performed by a licensed professional solar contractor.
What panel inspectors look for:
Want to monitor your system more closely?
If your system is owned by a leasing company or a power purchase provider, maintenance may be provided in your contract. Be sure to read your contract for specific terms and conditions.
A professionally installed monitoring system can keep an even closer eye on your solar panels. When performance drops, you will know which solar panel is not functioning and needs repair. Most monitoring devices require a monthly subscription fee.
Join us at one of our upcoming solar classes or webinars.PG&E offers classes and workshops at no cost (unless otherwise noted) to our customers and building professionals with projects in California. Find additional information on the solar classes offered.