Solar Panels Need To Be Cleaned
Solar panels need to be cleaned regularly to maintain the maximum energy efficiency output. The build-up of dirt, grime and pollutants over time reduces the efficiency of the panels leading to a reduction in energy output as high as 25%* and lower feed-in returns.
Solar panels rely on sunlight reaching the panel’s surface to convert the sun’s energy into either electricity or heat. The greater the intensity of the sunlight reaching the cell, the more effective the panel will be.
By setting a regular cleaning schedule, solar panels will always operate at their maximum efficiency.
Who is EcoKleenSolar?
EcoKleenSolar is a new, exciting business model, purpose-designed to focus on cleaning residential and commercial solar panel installations.
Solar installation companies have focused – and continue to focus – relentlessly on selling installations (and now upgrades) and, apart from the occasional operator here and there, no one is yet to focus on the essential follow-up service of cleaning.
Why is Solar-Safe partnering with EcoKleen Solar?
Solar-Safe has researched a number of installers and we have partnered with our Affiliate EcoKleenSolar. EcoKleenSolar offers several key points that address customer concerns and provide a point of difference above competitors, including:
• A strict compliance with safe working practices.
• Chemical and detergent free cleaning – this eliminates the possibility of damage to the panels (in particular, their specialised coatings) and ensures that the quality of water in a customer’s rainwater collection tank(s) is not compromised.
• Only pure, de-ionised water is used in the cleaning process – using de-ionised water eliminates the possibility of contaminant ions affecting electrical works and leaves a streak free finish, with no residue left after the water has evaporated. The customer’s tap water is sourced for the cleaning and is filtered through our de-ionising process which removes all Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) prior to use on the panels. This can be easily demonstrated to the client using a TDS meter carried by every EcoKleenSolar representative.
• No squeegees are used on solar panels – this minimises the possibility of scratching or otherwise damaging the panels and/or their specialised coatings.
• All franchisees are fully insured and have current Police checks.
• All franchisees have Working at Heights accreditation.
• All franchisees hold a White Card or equivalent (Work Safety in the Construction Industry). This is not a necessity for residential jobs but may be required for commercial jobs.
Why clean solar panels?
Anything preventing sunlight from entering the solar cells will reduce the capacity of those cells to perform at their maximum efficiency.
Environmental factors such as dirt, dust, grime, bird/ bat droppings, lichen and especially salt all decrease the capacity of solar panels to work at their peak, leading to a decrease in output.
Thereby having a detrimental effect on the primary reason for installing panel systems, i.e. to reduce power bills.
Won’t rain clean my solar panels?
Take the example of a car left out in the weather for 6 months. You can imagine the state of the windscreen; you’d need to give it quite a clean before you could drive that car safely.
Well, that’s exactly how solar panels look after being out in the elements for 6 months.
That’s why we recommend twice yearly cleaning, especially in coastal and high traffic areas.
Let’s face it, that’s the majority of built up areas in Australia.
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