5 Ways A Off-grid Solar Maintenance Program Helps Save You Time and Money

Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have figured out a way to get out from under the thumb of public utilities and produce your own sustainable energy. by going off-grid. Your choice to reduce your carbon footprint has also allowed you to assert your independence and avoid reliance on fossil fuels.

However, have you every thought  about the environmental impact created by the batteries you throw-away?

For this reason, Solar Energy Systems offers a  Solar Maintenance Programs that places extra focus on maintaining the life and maximizing the output of your off-grid battery resources.

A battery as a life cycle that looks something like this:

Solar Energy Life of a Battery - Systems cycle

Our Off-grid Solar Maintenance Program Maximizes Peak Performance

 Here are 5 ways our Off-grid Solar Maintenance Program Save Your Battery

1. Keeping corrosion away  Its very important not to let corrosion set it in on your battery terminals. If corrosion sets in, your solar panels will randomly fail to harvest solar rays due to electrical contact being lost between battery and cable. Thus, reducing the pace of your solar pay-off.

2. Ensure the batteries don’t dry out  During use, and especially on overcharge, the water in the electrolyte splits into hydrogen and oxygen. The battery begins to gas, which results in water loss. This water loss can be replaced, however, it leads to an eventual dry-out and decline in capacity. Thus, you need to spend money on a new battery sooner than expected.
3. Make sure they are equalized  An equalizing charge is nothing more than forced overcharge. It removes sulfation that may have formed during low-charge conditions.  Applying an equalizing charge every six months or after 20 cycles brings all cells to similar levels by increasing the voltage to 2.50V/cell, or 10 percent higher than the recommended charge voltage. Thus, prolonging the life of your battery and saving you a trip to your locate battery core recycling center.
4. Charging at Maximum Capacity   Sulfation occurs when a lead acid battery is deprived of a full charge. Solar cells and wind turbines do not always provide sufficient charge, and lead acid banks succumb to sulfation.  If a battery is serviced early, sulfation can often be corrected. Thus, allowing you to add life to your battery.
5. Replace When Needed  Permanent sulfation sets in when the battery has been in a low state-of-charge for weeks or months. At this stage, no form of restoration is possible. Thus, helping you identify the problem ahead of time, and allowing you to avoid a shortly fall of energy.

Bottom line is, a proper off-grid solar maintenance program will prolong the life of your batteries and your solar energy system will work much better.