Best Practices On How To Clean Your Solar Panels

There is a frequently thought about question when it comes to solar panels and it is how to adopt a productive solar panel maintenance routine and the requirements across what you need to clean them with. A bit of dust might not have an effect because light can still get through. They recommend that you let nature take its course, as rain will accomplish most of the task of solar panels cleaning.

Firstly, it must be noted that there are many different types of solar panels and they all differ slightly from one another. Different solar providers may advise different cleaning methods, so it may be a good idea to check with the solar manufacturer or company that you purchased your panels to ensure you’re aligning with their specific cleaning requirements.

How to determine is cleaning your solar panels worthwhile?
If you’ve had solar panels for a more than a year, you’ve most likely noticed how their energy production varies from month to month due to weather changes and the sun’s changing position overhead as the seasons progress. With a little bit of experience monitoring your solar array, you’ll learn how much fluctuation to expect over the course of a year. If you start noticing reduced output at a time when weather patterns seem on par with what you’ve come to expect, dirty panels could be the main factor.

Ideally, you want to clean your panels in a way that tips the balance between cost, effort, and the potential efficiency improvements in your favor. If it seems clear that your panels need to be cleaned one way or another, the next step is to determine the best way.

Tips on Cleaning your Solar Panels

  • Cleaning your solar panels shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, nor should it be an overly complicated process. When it’s possible, spraying them off from the ground is easiest and best. But the stickier the build-up, the more likely it is that you’ll need cleaning tools and supplies to wipe your panels down from up close.
  • For heavier build-up, use soft scrubbers, mild soapy water, and a squeegee to wash your solar panels
  • For minimal surface soiling made up mostly of dust, try hosing your solar panels off from the ground

Tips on Cleaning your Solar Panels

  1. Fill your bucket with clean water and add a small amount of soap.
  2. Rinse solar panels with clean water to clear away loose dirt.
  3. Use soft scrubber and soapy water from the bucket—or mixing sprayer—to gently wash the surface of the panels.
  4. Rinse solar panels with clean water from the hose a second time.
  5. Squeegee panels dry.
  6. Follow the same process, changing your position as needed, until all panels are clean.

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