Why should solar panels be cleaned?
Put simply -professionally cleaned panels are efficient panels. Efficient panels generate more energy and this energy is then fed back into the grid. Additionally, if your system is a ‘payback’ system – this greater efficiency means more money back to you!
Industry research tells us that the lack of professional, scheduled cleaning for your system will cause your panels to lose up to 25% of their efficiency. #1 & #2.
When asked, manufacturers and installers would recommend regular cleaning and maintenance for optimum performance. Panels should only be cleaned by professionals due to the risks involved. Because of the these risks- installers do NOT recommend that the home owners clean their systems themselves- due to liability concerns.
In short, the safest solution is to have Pure Sunshine Solar Panel Cleaning Service Brisbane maintain your system for you.
Research out of America (and more recently, Australia) suggests that people are potentially losing hundreds or thousands of dollars. This happens over time as systems rapidly lose efficiency with the general build up of dirt, grime, salt spray and animal waste. This build up can prevent your panels from operating at their “full energy producing capacity by as much as 25%” #1 and some research even suggests more. It’s important to realize that dirt or grime on just one cell can result in loss of power from multiple cells. #2 and #6
The table below gives an approximate break down of the contributors to build up and soiling of solar panels-
Contributors to build up on solar panels
Loss of efficiency
|Wind born dust and particles||7%|
|Water spotting, streaking and residue||5%|
|Animal (bird, bat, etc) droppings||10%|
|* Coastal homes- affected by salt spray||5+%|
#1 and #5
The consequent impact on the panels’ effectiveness can equate to a loss of hundreds, to thousands of dollars over the year to the home or business owner.
Again, this figure is easily offset by the reasonable cost of professional cleaning, at least twice a year. Pure Sunshine Solar Panel Cleaning Service Brisbane are the people to call.
Weighing up the costs… be money and safety wise…
$$$ Money Wise…
Cleaning your system is just as important as cleaning and servicing you car- but much less expensive. It is easy to put your head in the sand and try to ignore the facts- but the evidence is all there. Failure to act on this information will result in inefficient panels and ultimately- a greater cost to you.
Having your solar panels cleaned regularly will help to maintain your manufacturer’s warranty and your investment. #2
Panels that are professionally cleaned twice a year generate more energy and more money than the cost of having them cleaned.
In the cases of payback systems– the time it takes to pay off your system can be increased by 3-5 years if your panels are not maintained.
If your system is NOT on a payback plan– consider the savings you have made each power bill cycle. A small percentage of these savings alone- will pay for the professional cleaning of your system.
Our prices are calculated carefully to ensure our professional service is affordable for all budgets. Prices are calculated with insurances, training and equipment costs, staff wages and day to day running costs all considered. See the ‘Pricing and Bookings’ page.
Overall, the financial benefit gained from increased production greatly outweighs the cost of 6 monthly maintenance. #1
Call Pure Sunshine Solar Panel Cleaning Service Brisbane today!
Accessing your solar panels is dangerous. Enlisting the services of our highly trained and experienced staff eliminates that risk. #2
All of our staff at Pure Sunshine Solar Cleaning are OH&S trained with a ‘Certificate of Attainment’ in the ‘Work Safely at Heights’ course through Pinnacle PTY LTD.
All staff use roof anchoring, professional heights access, harnesses and safety equipment for their protection and the protection of your panels and home. For more information- go to our ‘Cleaning, Safety and Equipment’page.
DO NOT jeopardize your safety or your property- call the team at Pure Sunshine Solar Panel Cleaning Service Brisbane.
1. Winsol Laboratories Inc. Seattle, USA. 2013. Solar Brite. Solar Panel Cleaner. [online] Available at:http://www.winsol.com/solar.htm [Accessed 20 January, 2013]
2. Gold Coast Energy. Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. 2013. Maintenance and Cleaning of Solar Panels. [online] Available at: http://www.goldcoastenergy.com.au/blog/keep-your-solar-system-clean/ [Accessed 20 January, 2013]
3. Spectrum Solar. PTY. LTD. 2012. Solar System Inspection and Cleaning Service. [online] Available at: <http://www.spectrumsolar.com/PDFs/Spectrum-Solar-inspection-&-cleaning-service.pdf [Accessed 12 December, 2012]
4. Greenbotics. 2012. Research about the Benefits of Solar Panel Cleaning. [online] Available at:
http://www.greenbotics.com/research.html [Accessed 18 & 20 January, 2013]
5. QE Solar. 2013. New Jersey, USA. Benefits of Clean Solar Panels in New Jersey. [online] Available at: http://www.qesolar.com/cleaning-solar.html [Accessed 21 February, 2013]
6. Solashine. 2013. South Australia. Solar Panel Cleaning. [online] Available at:http://www.solashine.com.au/ [Accessed 21 February, 2013]