Although solar panels require minimal upkeep, it’s important to clean them frequently to optimize their performance. Dirt and grime build up over time can cause less sunlight to shine through the glass, preventing the panels from producing their maximum amount of electricity. Keeping them clean will ensure that your photovoltaic system remains a sustainable energy source and results in cost savings on your electricity bills for the life of the system.
Solar Panel Maintenance
Accumulated debris such as dirt, grime, dust, pollen, bird droppings, and other materials on the surface of your solar panels can decrease their efficiency and result in decreased energy production. You could compare your energy bills before and after cleaning solar panels to see how big of an impact it has with your Enphase Enlighten app from Castaways Energy! Clean solar panels will allow for maximum exposure from the sun. By cleaning the panels regularly, you can ensure that they perform at their best and maintain their efficiency and avoid permanent damage to the panels over time.
When is the best time to clean solar panels?
For best results, it’s recommended to clean solar panels on cloudy days or during the cooler hours of early mornings or late afternoons. This will prevent the cleaning solution from drying too quickly on hot panels and result in fewer streaks on the surface. Don’t walk on your panels! Not only is it dangerous to walk on your roof or on panels, they can break with microfractures that the naked eye can’t see. And over time these microscopic fractures will cause a panel to stop working altogether.
What is the best way to clean solar panels?
The best way to clean solar panels is by using a soft brush or cloth and a mild soap solution – NO HARSH CHEMICALS! It’s important to avoid using abrasive cleaning products, as they can scratch the surface of the panels and cause permanent damage. When cleaning the panels, be gentle and avoid using excessive pressure, as this could also cause damage. After cleaning, rinse the panels thoroughly with water and allow them to dry completely. Cleaning the panels with high-pressure water is not suggested since it might harm the sensitive electrical components. You can also use a ladder or a long-handled squeegee to reach the panels. Please always remember SAFETY FIRST when working from a ladder or heights or call a professional.
Is it worth cleaning solar panels?
Regular cleaning can improve the panels’ efficiency by as much as 50 percent, making a significant impact on your energy production. Cleaning solar panels on a regular basis is especially crucial if you live in a dusty or polluted environment, or if they are often under the shade of trees. After rainstorms, tree leaves and branches can drip excess grime on the surface of the panels. If you can trim the tree, do it! Shade will hinder the production of the panels.
When is it the correct time to call professionals to clean your solar panel?
If your panels are located on a roof that is difficult to access, or if your panels are significantly dirty or covered in bird droppings or excessive grime, it is recommended that you seek professional assistance, as these substances can be difficult to remove and may cause damage to the panels if not cleaned properly. Whether you do it yourself or seek professional help, regular cleaning is a simple and effective way to improve your solar panels’ performance high and keep your electricity bills low. While cleaning solar panels on your own can save money, it’s important to keep in mind that hiring a professional solar maintenance company can guarantee safe and effective cleaning without the risk of causing damage to the panels.
Solar Panel Service
Deep cleaning should be left to professionals, like Castaways Energy. We have the necessary knowledge, experience, and equipment to safely get the job done and it will also save you time and resources in the long run. With over 35 years of combined solar energy experience, the Castaways Energy team will provide the best customer experience and the most cost-effective maintenance of your PV system. Our NABCEP certified solar energy experts will give you immaculate installation quality, and outstanding and heroic service of solar energy installation and maintenance for your home and your business. We install solar systems for SunPower, Tesla, Palmetto, and many other nationally recognized solar energy firms and corporations. We are locally licensed, locally founded, and owned by natives to Florida, we are an Island of Solar Excellence! Call 407-985-2689 or fill out a contact form right now to locate the best solar energy team in your area.