Why Your Solar Panels Should Be Cleaned Regularly

Why Your Solar Panels Should Be Cleaned RegularlySolar panels need light to be able work, as this is how they generate electricity for your home. They get this light from the sun, where the cellular technology in the panels will store and convert it into energy.

However, over time debris such as bird droppings, algae, dirt, leaves and even weather deposits can accumulate on your solar panels. Not only does this look unsightly, but it can affect how much energy your panels produce because the light absorbent surface is being obscured.

Solar panel cleaning is just one of the many services we provide to our customers in Melbourne. Here’s everything you need to know about what it involves.

Benefits Of Professional Solar Panel Cleaning

  • Improved solar panel efficiency
  • Reach the potential return on your costly investment
  • Removes any safety risks of doing it yourself
  • No damage to your panels
  • Expert cleaning service that’s specifically tailored to solar panels
  • A clean looking roof
  • Convenient and easy to arrange

Pure Water Fed Cleaning For Solar Panels

The correct way to clean solar panels and what we used here at Acorn is pure water fed cleaning. As well as the water being purified, the way it is delivered (through a powerful pump system) means the flow of water remains consistent as it travels vertically to reach your panels. This is important as if the pressure is weak – so will be the effectiveness of the clean.

Pure water fed systems are attached to an extendable pole which features a gooseneck attachment. This helps achieve a better angle when cleaning and is more ergonomic for the operator.

The brush head uses soft but effective bristles to agitate any physical dirt without damaging the panels. Ideally, the brush head should only be used for solar panel jobs to ensure it’s not contaminated with anything that could scratch the panels such as grit. We’d also advise double checking in between the bristles before you start cleaning for the same purpose.

Solar Panel Cleaning: What Not To Use

A Hose: The humble garden hose is amazing for watering plants, but not cleaning windows. Quite simply, it uses water from the mains which contains sediment. This will only become apparent once dry when it leaves behind streaks or blotches on the panels.

From a practical point of view, it’s difficult to aim a hose up that high, especially without the water flow being affected. Even if you can reach your solar panels, you aren’t going to achieve the right pressure to dislodge any debris. In the end, you’ll simply waste water on a poor job.

Detergent: Never use any kind of bleach or regular detergent on your solar panels! Hopefully, your installers will have warned you of this, but if you’ve just moved into the property it could be fresh information. For stubborn dirt, it is possible to use a specific solar panel detergent, though pure water is usually more than adequate.

Squeegee: We love a squeegee as much as the next window cleaner, but like all pieces of equipment, they have a specific use. As solar panels sit in your roof, there is likely physical debris such as slate or stones up there. Dragging a squeegee down the panels can easily result in scratches damaging your solar panels. This will only become apparent once it’s too late! That’s why squeegees should only be used on windows which sit vertically therefore gravity would take care of such debris.

Solar Panel Cleaning Melbourne

Ready to have your solar panels cleaned? Here at Acorn, solar panel cleaning is one of the many services we provide to both our commercial and residential customers. We also have an equipment store which sells everything you need for any window cleaning job, including solar panels.

If you require solar panel cleaning in Melbourne, give us a call on 9118 3333. Alternatively, drop us an email with any enquiries and we’ll get back to you.