Wind and Solar System Maintenance

The Missouri Wind and Solar team discuss many of the common maintenance needs of your alternative energy system.

Regular Things to Check:

Wind Turbine Maintenance:

  • Check for twisted wires
  • Check wire connections
    • make sure there are no cracks in the wire or loose connections
  • Shaft nut tightness
    • make sure the shaft nut is securely in place
    • *you can add a little blue Loctite to ensure it stays where it should
    • check your lock washer to make sure it's in good shape
  • Blade inspection
    • check to make sure nuts and bolts are snug
  • Check for corrosion on the slip ring
  • Check the PMG for anything inside the case or corrosion of any kind

Consider Replacing:

  • Mechanical relays after 3 years
  • Yaw bearings after 2 years

Solar Panels

  • Adjust solar panel angle
  • Wipe the solar panels to remove dirt
  • Clean frost from your panels
    • A water/alcohol mixture does the trick
  • Make sure your charge controller is adequate
    • Solar panels can produce about 10% more in winter months

Pond Aeration

  • Add a check valve to the hose in your pond aeration kit
  • Make sure diffuser rings are not plugged with debris

Originally aired 11/20/2018

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