3 Ways to Maximize Solar Energy

Solar technology has become a significant player in the roofing market. One of the key questions new solar users tend to have is how to make sure that their array will be worth the cost of installation. There are a number of different ways that you can maximize solar energy generated once your new roof is installed.


1. Get an Energy Assessment

Before the solar array is even installed, you might want to have an energy assessment. An energy assessment can help you track your energy consumption and find opportunities to increase your home’s efficiency. Even after your solar installation is over, you can track your energy usage. Your monthly energy bill will provide plenty of information for you to track your energy use. But even furthermore, there are energy monitoring systems you can buy. These can give you a more complete picture of your energy use. Some even allow you to monitor on an appliance by appliance basis by switching everything on one at a time. You can track your energy use in real time using this method. That kind of detailed information can let you identify the highest energy drains you own and ways to lower your energy use.

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2. Store Solar Energy in Batteries

You can store solar energy in batteries, as well. This allows the energy to be used at night or during peak demand times. Minnesota has approved a time of use test program for 10,000 Xcel customers to start in 2020. Meaning that the peak evening hours carry a higher rate and the rest of the day carries a much lower rate. This is an idea that carries support from both the local governmental agencies and renewable energy groups so it’s very possible it will be a statewide practice in the near future. The beauty of solar energy is that storing that energy for use during the peak hours can help to avoid the higher rates.

3. Maintain Your Solar Array

If not kept clean, your solar system can lose efficiency. So it’s good to make sure that dirt, mold, and bird droppings aren’t blocking any of your solar output. Minnesota has good weather for this and rain will generally clean out debris. Regardless, it’s good to check once a year, just like any other system in your house. And because you’re a Minnesotan, you may be wondering about snow. Snow is less of an issue, since it melts and solar technology collects the sun’s rays. Angled solar panels will generally shed snow in a few hours or days at the worst. And snow on the ground will reflect additional sunlight into your solar array, as well, so there can be some benefit to winter in Minnesota with a solar roof. Lastly, every couple of years you will want to contact a professional to check over your system and keep it working properly.


Litty Solar was founded in 2018 and our mission is to build a sustainable future by making solar technology equitable for everyone. Contact us at info@littysolar.com for further information.