Cleaning solar panels is an essential part of maintaining your solar
power system. But why is keeping it clean so important? Simply put,
a dirty solar system just isn’t as effective as a clean one.
A dirty system does not work efficiently if the panels are dirty and not properly maintained. Not keeping up with the cleaning of your panels will lower their life cycle and as such your solar energy availability.
This article will answer all the questions you may have about cleaning solar panels. When a solar panel should be cleaned, how often, and more importantly why they need cleaning will be discussed.
Let’s get started!
Why Do I Need To Clean My Solar Panels?
Keeping your panels clean make sure they run smoothly and efficiently. Depending on where you live panels may be exposed to dirt, dust, smog or sand. Having a dirty system will block sunlight from your panels. This hindrance of light will block the generation of energy or hinder its efficiency.
If you purchase a solar panel kit that involves multiple pieces of equipment it may fail due to low efficiency because the panels aren’t being cleaned.
Keeping these panels clean doesn’t just save time, it saves money too!
When Should I Clean My Solar Panels?
Thankfully, unlike most things in our house, panels don’t frequent cleanings. Ideally, your panels should be cleaned about once a year. However, if you live in an area where your panels are more likely to get dirty or dusty, you made need to clean them more.
Even though per annum is an optimal frequency, annual inspections within your contract with a solar panel company may aid the maintenance process.
It is favorable to clean solar panels at the end of winter. The reason for that is the rise in output levels with the return of the sun. To keep the procedure safe, it would be better to clean the panels in the evening.
How Do Solar Panels Get Clean?
Cleaning solar panels are much easier than most would think! All you need is warm water, a soft cloth, a squeegee, and dish soap! It’s that simple. Just apply dish soap and warm water with a soft cloth to the panel and clean it with gentle gestures. Afterward, squeeze the soft cloth into the squeegee to get rid of dirty water. Then, repeat the procedure until the solar panels are clean. Easy right?