Like most people, you probably don’t think about your solar panels all that often. But keeping them clean is an essential part of maintaining their performance and lifespan. A layer of algae, mold, and other bacteria forms overtime on the panel’s surface, reducing the efficiency.
While you might think that solar panel cleaning is straightforward, just using water with soap won’t do it. And other methods like power washing are too harsh and can damage the panels. The best way to clean solar panels is with a soft washing method.
This blog post will discuss the basics of solar panel cleaning – why it’s necessary to do it, and how to go about it using the soft washing method.
Why Clean Solar Panels?
If a solar power system is covered in grime, this will significantly reduce its output. While rainfall can help wash away some of the dirt and dust on the panels, it’s not enough to keep them clean and functioning at their best.
Over time, the film that builds up on solar panels can reduce their efficiency by 30%. To ensure that your solar panels are working at peak performance, they should be professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
When to Clean Solar Panels
Solar panels should be lightly cleaned weekly to keep fallen leaves, bird droppings, and other debris from building up. This should be done either early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid blocking the sun’s rays. A mixture of water and mild soap should suffice.
For more thorough cleaning, it’s best to wait until after the rainy season. This is when pollen, dust, and other pollutants are at their highest levels. Professional cleaning should be done every 6 to 12 months to ensure your panel is working efficiently.
How to Clean Solar Panels
There are several ways to clean solar panels, but a soft washing method is the best and most gentle, we use a safe and non-toxic detergent to clean solar panels.
The process begins by hosing down the panels to remove any large debris. Then, the detergent is applied using a pressurized sprayer. The detergent is left to soak for a few minutes, then rinsed off with a low-pressure water spray. This process not only cleans the panels but also restores their natural shine. It’s a quick and easy way to keep your solar panels running at their best.
Contact Us Today
Keep your solar panels clean and functioning at their best with a soft washing method. Our detergent is safe and non-toxic, and it will leave your panels shining like new. Contact us today to schedule a solar panel cleaning!