Should You Put Holiday Lights or Decorations on Solar Panels?
Few family traditions are as festive and unforgettable as decorating the house for the holidays. While some are content to hang a wreath on the door and call it a day, others seize the opportunity to let their holiday spirit loose, hanging lights and decorations wherever they see fit.
But before you get the ladder out and start stringing lights from your solar panels, it’s probably a good idea to make sure this won’t impact your power through the holidays and beyond.
Avoid Scratching Your Solar Panels This Holiday Season
While you might be tempted to attach decorations to your solar panels, it’s probably best to avoid this and decorate elsewhere. Many Christmas decorations have sharp edges that can scratch your panels. Minor scratches won’t completely ruin your panels; however, they can leave them working at lower efficiency.
Instead of risking scratching your solar panels and reducing their efficiency, we recommend hanging Christmas decorations on the roof itself rather than affixing them to your panels.
What if You’ve Already Scratched Your Solar Panels?
Whether due to holiday decorating or a stray tree branch, your solar panels may become scratched with time. Minor scratches on panels are fine; however, they will not perform as well as they did when unscathed.
If you notice major cracks on your panels, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to replace them. Additional signs that it’s time to replace your solar panels include:
- Poor power output, even on sunny days
- Unexpected power outages
- Discoloration or burn marks on panels
- Panels are older than 20 years old
Have you noticed the signs of needed solar panel replacement impacting your power supply? Solera offers the solar panel solutions that Missouri and Northwest Arkansas families can trust. As the first to bring solar power to the Show-Me State over a decade ago, we are uniquely capable of resolving any solar panel service request that comes our way.