Solar Panel Cleaning Carlisle & Cumbria
Why get solar panels cleaned?
Dirty panels can lose between 25 & 30% performance and efficiency. Having them cleaned on a regular basis can increase the lifetime of the panels. As Solar Panels are usually positioned high up on a sloping roof, it is recommended you DO NOT attempt cleaning them yourself.
How often should solar panels be cleaned?
It is recommended by solar panel installers that you should have your solar panels cleaned by a professional solar panel cleaning service every 6 months in rural and coastal areas and every 6-8 months in urban areas. The positioning of the solar panels will dictate how often the panels will need cleaning.
How do ECC clean solar panels?
We use our Reach and Wash system. This is a telescopic water fed pole designed for commercial window cleaning. We have the know how to clean solar panels on a professional basis. We know how to clean solar panels on a roof safely and often without the need to walk around on your roof. We do not use any detergents or abrasives to clean solar panels. We use purified water which helps prevent watermarks and lime scale spots.
Check solar panels for dirt regularly
They should be check on a regular basis for the following;
- Debris from trees and plants
- Bird droppings
- Tree sap
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While solar panel cleaning in the UK is relatively new, in other parts of the world solar panel cleaning has been around for a long time. Early adopters of the technology soon realised that if their solar panels were not cleaned regularly, they would not run at their optimum performance.
Why it's important to clean solar panels
Clean is more green - Solar panels work by allowing light into the solar cells. The more light that hits a panel, the more power it will generate. Due to the upwards angle of solar panels, they are more prone to bird droppings and a build-up of general dust and dirt that does not wash off with just rain. This reduces the amount of light hitting the panel and reduces its output. As the projected energy figures claimed by solar panel manufacturers and installers are based on the optimum performance of clean solar panels, this build-up of dirt can adversely affect the panel’s ability to meet those projections. So it is important to clean solar panels in order to protect and maintain your investment. Regular solar panel cleaning will also help you to make the most of the government feed-in tariff.
Why rainwater doesn't clean solar panels
A good way to illustrate why rainwater will not clean solar panels is by looking at your car windscreen. If you didn't clean your windscreen for 6 months, how much visibility would you lose? If left, the grime on your windscreen would accumulate and eventually 'green' over. Even if the car is rained on, the rain contains airborne dust particles that settle and attach to the surface after the rainwater evaporates. When we use our windscreen wipers, we clean the centre of the screen, but where the wipers do not reach, there is a film of dirt. The whole of your solar panel is in exactly the same condition as the edge of your car windscreen because they are both exposed to the same elements. Visibility through your windscreen is lost due to the loss of light. Therefore, the same principles hold true for solar panel cleaning. It is very important to maximise the light getting into the solar panel and in turn, increase your financial reward.