The Essential Guide to the art of Solar Panel Maintenance: Keeping It Clean and Critter-Free

Proper solar panel maintenance is key to ensure your panels continued efficiency and longevity.

Introduction

Embracing solar energy is a fantastic step towards sustainability and keeping your power bills in check. Proper solar panel maintenance is key to ensure your panels continued efficiency and longevity. This short guide delves into practical tips for maintaining your solar panels to give you years of service and affordable energy from the sun.

The art of cleaning and maintenance:

While solar panels are generally low maintenance, they do require occasional cleaning to ensure peak performance. Dust, pollen, and bird droppings can block sunlight, reducing efficiency.

The key to keeping your panels spic and span is to avoid harsh chemicals and power washers: It’s vital to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals and high-pressure washers, as they can damage the panels’ surface and introduce moisture into the panels. Instead, use a hose or soft cleaning brush or a squeegee with a long handle, coupled with water, and for really grubby tiles a gentle cleaning solution of water mixed with mild soap or dishwashing liquid. This gentle approach effectively removes dirt without risking damage to the self cleaning protective film that most modern panels come with. 

For leaf and other debris, a first line of defense is something that is a common appliance in most homeowners garages. Yes, that’s right, the humble leaf blower is a great way to remove loose debris and leaves from your panels. It’s also a great way to remove debris that may have become trapped underneath the panels, and a good way to reach hard to reach places.

Self-Cleaning Panels:

Most modern solar panels come with a self-cleaning coating – all our panels have this benefit. These hydrophobic coatings help water bead up and roll off the surface, taking dirt and debris with it. This also means that when it rains your panels get a good clean.  If your panels have this feature, they’ll require less frequent manual cleaning.

The frequency of cleaning depends on your environment. In dustier areas or places with frequent bird activity, more regular cleaning might be necessary. However, a general rule of thumb for cleaning panels exposed to normal conditions is to clean your panels every 1-2 years. Panels that are installed on a flat surface (i.e. not at an angle), may require more frequent cleaning because water may collect on the flat panels and has nowhere to go, and as it evaporates it can leave a dirty residue behind.

Conclusion

Proper maintenance of your solar panels is not just about preserving their appearance; it’s about ensuring their efficiency and longevity. By implementing these simple, generally low cost,  yet effective strategies you can protect your investment and enjoy the full benefits of solar energy for the warranted life of your solar panels. Embrace these maintenance tips, and your solar panels will thank you with years of efficient, clean energy.

Remember, always prioritize safety when performing any maintenance tasks. If you’re unsure or unable to safely access your panels, it’s best to consult with a professional. 

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