Depending on the quality of your panels’ materials, the more extreme the weather conditions they’re exposed to (e.g., high winds and humidity, scorching rooftop temperatures, annual freeze/thaw cycles), the faster they might degrade. If your panels will be installed in an environment where weather could be a factor, ask about ways they could be protected from the elements.
Check your panels annually for physical damage, such as trees or bushes blowing in the wind and creating scratches. The more surface scratches on your panels, the faster they degrade. The placement of your solar panels—such as ground, rooftop or carport installations—can also impact how quickly your panels degrade.
While not always necessary, cleaning your panels can also play an important role in making sure they don’t degrade at a higher rate than expected. Monitor changes in the power output of your solar panels before and after cleaning, as well as over different time intervals. Take notes and evaluate what works. You might find that the costs of cleaning may, in fact, be greater than the costs associated with a lower degradation rate.
Understand the degradation rate of the panels you’re considering, as well as what that decrease in energy output would mean in lost power—and dollars and cents—over the life of the panels.
Assess the financial impact of choosing a panel with lower upfront cost but a higher degradation rate versus a panel with higher upfront cost but a lower degradation rate. The providers you’re considering should be able to give you a cost-savings analysis over 10, 15 and 25 years.
Find out what steps your provider recommends in terms of placement, ongoing inspections, cleaning and maintenance to keep your solar panel degradation rate as low as possible.
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We are a veteran and family owned shop that specializes in creating vibrant, high-quality and professional solar labels. Everything is American-made and created in-house. We can create anything from placards, magnets, signs and custom labels that will fit your business’ needs. At FCD Labels, we offer a complete line of NEC labels for solar applications on the market. We pride ourselves in providing great service and keeping our prices low without sacrificing quality. With fifteen years of experience, we have become a one-stop shop for all of your labeling needs.
Here at FCD Labels, we do everything in our power to ensure that we are in compliance with all electrical, power, and solar laws. Some of these laws are ever changing, especially in recent years. The NEC Code stands for the National Electrical Code and it sets the safety standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in our country. Every three years, this code is updated. The NEC 2011 was originally what we followed but now we use the NEC 2014 as it is the most recent edition of the code. This code sets the minimum standards and while we make sure we follow them as closely as possible, we also do everything we can to take it a step further and ensure the most safety. When you purchase a sign from FCD Labels, you can rest easy knowing that all products have passed the minimum safety NEC code.
If you would like to see an electronic version of this code, we will be happy to share it with you. You can trust that FCD Labels cares as much about your safety as you do and that starts with every single product and project that we have meeting the requirements of the NEC code.
Solar panels are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. While people choose solar panels because of their efficiency, it is just as important to highlight the dangers associated with them. Here at FCD Labels, we can custom create the safety solar placards that you need for your solar panel. We offer a variety of standard solar signs that can provide a warning to anyone in proximity to the unit. There are placards available that warn of energy after disconnect or during daylight hours. There are also placards that you can choose that will state the operating voltage, operating current, max system voltage, and short circuit current of the system. Whatever standard signs you may need, we have available for you. If our standard placards do not completely meet your needs, we also make custom solar placards. We start with a template and you can add or change them to create the optimum solar placard for your unit. There are different sizes that you can choose from and we have standard images and fonts that you can utilize in your custom solar placard design.
Invest in some warning signs from FCD Labels, either from our custom selection or our standard selection, so you can prevent injuries on your property from solar panels and lessen your liability.
Electrical & Power
Electrical and power units can be extremely dangerous if someone touches them in the wrong area or messes with the wiring. If you do not have the proper signage available on the units, you could be placing yourself and others at risk. We offer both standard and custom electrical warning signs. They are available in a variety of different sizes and we have a collection of standard options for you to choose from. No matter what you need your label or placard to state, you can find it in our standard collection. Some of the signs in our standard collection include photovolatic warning, PV system breakdowns of your machines, electrical warning signs, electrical hazard signs, electrical danger signs, and other types of electrical safety signs. You can choose a label that details the power associated with the unit so that any individual who needs to work on it can determine the best course of action. If we do not have the specific label or sign you are looking for, we can help you create a custom design that meets your needs. You can choose the size of the label or sign that you want to have on your system as well as the text and color of the sign. We offer reflective signs as well so they can be seen day and night.
Safety associated with your electrical or power unit is priceless and having the correct label can make all the difference. Protect your unit as well as any individual who may come into contact with it by purchasing a label or sign from FCD Labels.
Contact us at FCD Labels today to explore your options and create a safer environment around your solar and electrical units.