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.
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.
Make an Enquiry
Our head office is located in Melbourne. However, we have qualified installers all across Australia, ready to inspect, check and upgrade existing equipment or to measure and size new equipment. Please fill in all areas, especially the notes box below your details. We will call you promptly.
Prefer to call instead?
National – 1300 560 975
Brisbane – 073155 3868
Sydney – 02 7726 1225
Melbourne – 03 8508 8149
Latest NewsMore News
China remains the world’s worst polluter but did you know it’s also a leader in renewable energy?
By Christina Zhou - ABC News - 2 July 2019 Shanghai, one of the world's most populous cities, will today enact strict green policies limiting disposable tak...More
The US produced more energy from renewable sources than from coal for the first time ever in April – despite President Trump pledging to ‘bring coal back’
By Danyal Hassain - Daily Mail Australia - 27 June 2019 In April, for the first time ever, the US produced more energy from renewable sources than from coal...More
Australia’s still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard
By Trivess Moore, Michael Ambrose & Stephen Berry - The Conversation New housing in Australia must meet minimum energy performance requirements. We ...More