When & How To Clean Your Solar Panels

Have you just shifted to solar-powered systems? Are you worried about the cleaning requirements and methods? Worry no more. Different solar-powered systems have different requirements based on your geographical position.

By the end of this, you will find the perfect fix for yourself!

When to Clean?

The first thing that comes into play is your geographical position, if you live in a highly polluted area, you must clean your panels regularly, even if they have a self-cleaning coating and vice versa. The guidelines of your panel manufacturer are the most important determining factor. As mentioned in the guidelines concerning your weather and pollution density, you must follow the cleaning intervals. The other determining factor, however, can be the amount of dirt that affects the output of your solar power. Record the power output of a clean system, and when that output starts dropping, know that the system requires cleaning.

How to Clean?

Cleaning the solar panels can be a hectic ordeal, but it sure will increase the power efficiency to your satisfaction. Mentioned below are some cleaning methods you can consider.

You can hire a professional panel cleaner. Although this may cost you money, it will save you time, and the cleaning quality will be far greater than what you would have achieved by your household equipment.

You can also use a garden hose to clean the panels. Be sure to dry the panels afterward and check for impurities or rock/dust particles at the end.

You can also use a squeegee to remove the settled dust and particles that won’t leave the panel after a garden hose cleaning.

Things to Ensure

Excessive cleaning may affect your warranty.

Do not use chemicals or cleaning fluids. Distilled water is a good option.

Avoid cleaning in icy weather or direct sunlight.

Bottom Line

With the right method and ample cleaning, you can sustain your panels without worrying about constant replacement.  

This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is one of the premier Tampa solar companies! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!


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