WHY CLEAN SOLAR PANELS?
Airborne dust particles, sticky tree and plant sap, lichen, soot and bird droppings are just a few of the things that can contribute to a build-up of dirt on your panels.
Accumulation creates shading and will prevent sunlight reaching the cells. This results in poor system performance, loss of efficiency and a loss of financial return for the owner and investor of solar energy.
“My panels are self-cleaning and maintenance free”
This is a myth! When a panel is called “self-cleaning” & “maintenance free”, it tends to imply that the surface is hydrophobic; which means water beads can’t adhere to the surface. Generally, these surfaces aren’t exactly “self-cleaning” & “maintenance free”. They do reduce mineral deposit that can block the sun reaching the cells, however, in a dusty environment a single solar cell within the panel can become inefficient & this will affect the performance of the rest of the cells within the panel. As they are wired in series, if one cell is shaded, then the output of the entire panel is lower as a result.
Rain alone isn’t sufficient to guarantee solar panel is free from a build-up of dirt throughout one year, let alone the lifetime of the panels.
Every solar array is unique and depending on different environmental factors and the pitch at which the panels are mounted, will then determine the frequency of each clean. We can tailor a cleaning regime that is specifically for you.
Solar panel cleaning is a specialist service. Tailored to you, cleaned by us.