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Water Drain Clips Mastering: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Unlock the Full Potential of Your Solar PV System with Drainage Clips: A Comprehensive Guide

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Are you eager to optimize the performance of your solar photovoltaic asset? Look no further than Solarud! In this comprehensive blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into water drain clips, a revolutionary solution designed to enhance the efficiency of your solar panels. We’ll walk you through the entire process, from identifying the need for water drainage clips to the installation of these innovative components.

Understanding the Need for Solar Panel Drainage Clips

Why Solar Panel Water Drainage Clips Matters

Solar panels are a remarkable source of clean, renewable energy. However, over time, they can face performance challenges that result from various factors, including environmental conditions. One common issue that solar panel owners encounter is the accumulation of dirt, dust, and moisture on the panel surfaces. This accumulation can have a detrimental impact on energy production.

Recognizing the Signs

The first step in optimizing your solar PV system with water drain clips is recognizing the signs that indicate the need for this solution. Look for patterns of dust and soil at the bottom of your solar photovoltaic modules, as illustrated in the image below:

solar panel without solarud
Solar panel with a soiling pattern

This particular pattern often emerges when water or moisture becomes trapped in the panel frame, especially in regions with significant temperature fluctuations. If you’ve observed this issue in your solar installation, it’s a strong indicator that water drain clips could significantly benefit you.

Preparing Your Solar Modules for Water Drain Clips

Importance of Thorough Cleaning

Now that you’ve identified the need for solar water clips, the next crucial step is to prepare your solar modules. Before you can install water drainage clips, it’s imperative to clean your modules thoroughly. Clean solar panels are not only more aesthetically pleasing but also more efficient in converting sunlight into electricity.

DIY vs. Professional Cleaning

You have two options for cleaning your solar modules: you can do it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service. Let’s explore both options:

DIY Cleaning: If you choose to clean the solar panels yourself, here are some tips for an effective cleaning process:

  • Start by turning off your solar system to ensure safety.
  • Use a soft brush or sponge and a gentle, non-abrasive detergent mixed with water to clean the panel surfaces.
  • Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the panel’s protective coatings.
  • Rinse the panels thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  • Ensure the panels are completely dry before turning your solar system back on.
  • If you are on a roof, ensure that you comply with safety measures like the use of a harness and safe lines.

Professional Cleaning: Hiring a specialized company to clean your solar modules can be a hassle-free and effective option. Consider reaching out to reputable solar panel cleaning services like:

Frequency of Cleaning

Regular cleaning is key to maintaining optimal solar panel performance. At the very least, aim to have your solar modules professionally cleaned once a year. However, the frequency of cleaning may vary depending on your location and local environmental conditions. Regular inspection can help you determine when cleaning is necessary.

Installing water drain clips for Maximum Efficiency

Understanding Solar Module Frame Dimensions

With clean and well-maintained solar modules, you’re now ready to proceed to the final step: installing solar siphons. Solar water drainage units are engineered to improve the performance of your solar panels by addressing issues related to dirt and moisture accumulation near the solar module frame. Before installation, you’ll need to understand your module’s dimensions. These dimensions are typically specified in your photovoltaic solar module datasheet. Two critical measurements to know are:

  1. Frame Height: This measurement usually falls within the range of 30mm, 35mm, or 40mm, depending on your solar module. However, as Solarud is the only adaptable water clip on the market, you only have to make sure that your frame has between 28mm and 40mm.
  2. Frame Thickness: Typically, this measurement ranges from 8mm to 11mm. These dimensions are in the range of Solarud.
  3. Out of typical dimensions: If your solar panel has different dimensions, you can contact us as we manufacture custom units.

Installing Solarud Units

For optimal results, it’s recommended to install at least two solar siphons per module. Place one piece near each of the bottom corners of the module. These corners are where stagnant water is most likely to accumulate, especially if your modules are installed in a landscape layout.

If your solar modules have a portrait orientation, one piece at each corner should be enough. However, if they are installed in a landscape layout, consider using three or four pieces to ensure comprehensive coverage.

Adjustable Dimensions

One of the advantages of Solarud is its adaptability to various module thicknesses. By bending specific points on the water drainage clip, you can customize it to fit different module thicknesses. Here’s how it works:

  • Bend the higher bending tab allows you to use Solarud with 35mm modules.
  • Bending both bending tabs enables you to use Solarud with 40mm modules.
  • If you choose not to bend any of these points, Solarud can be utilized with 28mm or 30mm modules.

This flexibility makes Solarud a versatile solution that can accommodate a wide range of solar panel setups.

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Installing Solarud: A Step-by-Step Guide

Let’s walk through the installation process step by step:

Step 1: Begin by measuring your solar module’s frame height and frame thickness. Usually, you can find these measurements in your module’s datasheet.

Step 2: Once you have these dimensions, you can prepare your Solarud pieces to fit your specific module. Solarud can be adapted to 28mm to 40mm modules, as explained earlier. Other measures can be achieved with the Solarud Custom.

Step 3: To attach the water drainer clip pieces to your module, follow these steps:

a. Bend the plastic tabs for the desired frame height.

b. Begin with the upper side and position it at the desired corner of your module.

c. Gently fit the lower side of the unit to the corresponding corner.

d. Repeat this process for each point where you wish to install Solarud pieces.

The Rewards of Water Drain Clips

Improved Energy Production

One of the primary benefits of drainage solutions for solar modules is its ability to enhance solar energy production. By preventing dirt and moisture accumulation, Solarud can boost energy generation by up to 5%. This increase in efficiency translates to higher electricity production, making it a compelling solution for solar field owners and residential solar panel users alike.

Solarud for Solar Fields

If you manage a solar field or have a large-scale solar installation, rainwater clips for photovoltaic panels can be a game-changer. Solar fields often exhibit patterns of dust and moisture accumulation, as showcased in our earlier images. If your solar field mirrors this pattern, Solarud is an essential tool to maximize your investment.

Remember: Cleanliness Is Key

While Solarud can significantly improve your solar panel’s efficiency, it’s crucial to remember that cleanliness is a prerequisite. Regularly cleaning your panels, as outlined above is essential, even if you have drainer clips installed.

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All the best,
Solarud Team.

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