Know How to Clean Solar Panels for Optimum Performance
How Often Should Solar Panels Be Cleaned?
How to Clean Solar Panels
Inspect the solar panels on a periodic basis. Before washing, make sure that there aren’t any cracks and ensure all connections are tight. If there are damaged wires or cracks, it might be time to call an electrical technician.
Remove any debris on the solar panel. Trim back trees or plants that may be blocking the sun’s energy to the solar panels.
Fill a bucket with warm water and with a cleaning solution. Green cleaning supplies do a great job on glass and solar panels. Here’s is a simple non-toxic recipe for glass cleaner: 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid non-abrasive soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. In drier areas when there is water rationing – the solar panels can be cleaned fairly well using an air-hose.
Use a non-abrasive cleaning sponge or towel to wash the glass. Get the glass clean and clear as possible – don’t scratch it.
Remove remaining water with a high quality squeegee to avoid hard water mineral build up.
Use a lint free cloth to dry the edges of the panel.
There are companies that will clean solar panels for you. If you choose to use a solar panel cleaning service be sure they are insured – in case there are any accidents.
Keep a Record of Your Solar Panels’ Performance
Solar Monitoring Systems
Automated Self-Cleaning Solar Technology or Cleaning Robots
Consider Using Solar Roof Tiles Instead of Solar Panels
Do not put too much pressure on solar panels they are fairly delicate and can crack. Solar panels can break from walking and kneeling on them. Be extra safe when working from high places. Consider wearing a harness or other safety device to catch you in the event of a fall.
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