Pollution, rain and dust
Being located on the roof and open to the elements, it’s inevitable that your solar panels won’t always remain clean, particularly if they are tilted at a relatively shallow angle, or there are trees and power lines nearby. This is because rain, dirt, dust, bird droppings, air pollution and other elements can easily find their way onto your panels, and create a build-up of stains, grime and debris.
And although a home solar energy system does not require a great deal of maintenance, it is nevertheless important that the surface of the panels remains as clean and residue-free as possible. If not, it means that sunlight cannot reach the solar cells and they absorb less energy, which in turn means that they produce less electricity.
Dirty Solar Panels Aren't Efficient
Dirty solar panels, or solar clouding as it is sometimes called, is a problem that only becomes worse the longer you leave it, and solar panels that aren’t clean don’t operate at maximum efficiency. Estimates vary, but analysts suggest that dirt and other debris on the surface of your solar panels can affect their operating efficiency by as much as 40%.
Therefore, it’s important to check the regularly that your solar panels are as clean as possible and performing at their optimum, so that you can be sure you’re getting the most from your investment. In addition, regular cleaning may also form a part of your warranty cover.
Clean Solar Panels Produce More Energy
Reduced solar panel output means that you may not produce enough energy to run your home and then still have to draw power from the grid. This means that you won’t experience the drop in energy bills you were expecting, because not only are you still using mains electricity but you’re not feeding energy back to the grid and so aren’t earning any benefit from your feed-in tariff either.
In either case, your dirty solar panels are costing you money!
Our Solar Panel Cleaning Service
At +Solar Fix Network we offer Adelaide homeowners a regular six-month solar panel cleaning service designed to keep your solar panels clean and working efficiently. This includes:
- cleaning your solar modules
- checking whether your solar panels are being shaded and for any other potential obstructions
- a visual inspection of the module mounting components
- the checking and logging of inverter data
- a summary report of your service
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