Where do you need solar panel cleaners?
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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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?
Expect to pay in the region of $10 to $20 per panel depending on where you live and the number of panels you have.
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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