Sometimes things happen that are just out of your control. Like the dog tearing apart your living room, or mother nature making a mess of your solar panels…
When it comes to cleaning panels, many solar owners have been led to believe that once their panels have been installed, no further work or maintenance is required.
Unfortunately, to achieve optimal performance, that’s simply not true.
If you leave your car parked outside for an extended period of time, it’s fair to assume that the windshield will be affected by dust, dirt, residue from rainstorms, and/or bird droppings. In order to drive safely and effectively, the windshield will need to be cleaned.
Solar panel glass works in exactly the same way. Routine cleaning is important and vital to optimizing energy production.
But what happens if you choose not to clean your panels?
While there are many factors that impact solar power production, all experts agree you will lose power when your panels get dirty. According to the National Renewable Energy laboratory, losses may range as high as 30% in some areas.
In very dusty areas, and in climates where precipitation is infrequent, power generation levels can be lowered by up to 40%.
When it comes to cleaning and upkeep, the question we get most often is:
How often should I clean my solar panels?
The answer is:
Factors such as where you live as well as your city’s weather conditions all play a role in determining the frequency of required maintenance.
For our Austin neighbors –
We recommend maintaining your panels every 3 to 6 months. Dirt – and especially pollen buildup – can have a drastic impact on your system’s ability to produce power.
If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you keep your panels clean and maximize your solar investment, contact us today.