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Everything you need to know about finding a Solar Panel Cleaner

Getting the maximum efficiency from your solar system is essential if you want to get the full financial benefit of the technology. Dirt can impede the functioning of your system, so having your solar panels periodically cleaned makes sense.

Due to their location - usually on your roof - it is best to use a dedicated solar panel cleaning service for this job. They will have the right equipment, training and necessary insurance cover. Getting up on your roof is not only unsafe, but you could also damage your solar power installation if you don't know what you are doing.

Let's first take a look at solar panel technology to help understand why they need to be cleaned.

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels are comprised of an array of silicon cells which absorb the sun’s rays. This light energy is then converted to Direct Current (DC) electricity by a transformer. An inverter then converts this into Alternate Current (AC) electricity so it can be used in the home or fed into the grid.


A layer of dust, grime or dirt on the surface of a solar panel impedes the ability of the sun to reach the photovoltaic silicon cells. This could decrease the efficiency of your system by as much as 30% if they are not cleaned.


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Hiring a Solar Panel Cleaning Service

When it comes time to choosing a solar panel cleaning service, make sure you ask them the right questions. They need to be right for your job. Questions such as:

  • How long have you been doing this?

  • Do you have dedicated equipment for my job?

  • Are you insured?

  • Can you provide a written quote?

  • Do you have customer references I can follow up?

How Much Does Solar Panel Cleaning Cost?

Expect to pay in the region of $10 to $20 per panel depending on where you live and the number of panels you have.

Solar Panel Cleaning Facts

Depending on their location your solar panels will need to be cleaned every 12 months, 24 or 36 months. It really depends how dirty they become. Common causes of dirty panels include airborne dust and pollution, bird and bat droppings, tree sap and fallen leaves, coastal sea salt deposits and fungal growth. If your home is close to trees, or your area is particularly dust prone then you are likely to need an annual clean.


Your solar panels can be cleaned in a number of ways:


  • From ground level using a dedicated telescopic extension pole and a soft brush

  • By accessing the roof and cleaning the panels by hand and/or brush


Chemicals and/or abrasive cleaners should not be used on your panels as this could damage their surface and degrade their efficiency. Many solar panel cleaning services use purified and de-ionised water to ensure damage does not occur.

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Ready to have your solar panel system cleaned? Our Get Quotes service can help you find solar panel cleaning services in your local area. Think about booking them in for an annual or bi-annual clean to keep your solar system functioning at its optimum



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