Premier Solar Panel Cleaning Services in Summerville SC
Solar panels are one of the best methods for homeowners to reduce their reliance on electrical grids and lower their carbon footprint. Solar panels work best when they are clean and absorb the maximum amount of sunlight. Southern Appearance offers solar panel cleaning in the tri-county and surrounding areas. Our professional cleaning services are top-of-the-line!
Why Clean Solar Panels?
Solar panels work when light from the sun hits photovoltaic cells, creating an electrical current. As such, solar panels work best when they are clean and can absorb as much sunlight as possible. Most solar panels installed on house roofs are at an angle and can become dirty from dust, foliage, dirt, bird droppings, and more.
This debris and grime can block light from hitting the cells, reducing the panels’ overall solar power output. Regularly cleaning your panels is necessary to maximize your panel’s electricity production. Southern Appearance uses lower-pressure cleaning and hand cleaning to keep your solar panels clean and ready to work!
Benefits of Cleaning Solar Panels
Below are just a few of the benefits of hiring a professional solar panel cleaner.
The main reason to regularly clean solar panels is to improve their performance. Clean solar panels don’t have obstructions that can block light absorption. Periodic cleaning can improve residential solar panel efficiency by over 20% and increase commercial solar panel efficiency by as much as 60%.
Regular solar panel cleaning can also increase solar panel lifespan. Solar panel disposal is an involved and expensive process, so you want to make sure you get the most out of your solar panel investment. An industry-standard solar panel can last upwards of 25 to 30 years if you remember regular cleaning and maintenance.
Last but not least, regular solar panel cleaning keeps your solar panel warranty valid. Most manufacturer warranties on solar panels require periodic cleaning. If you don’t clean your panels, the warranty might not cover you if there is a malfunction.
How to Clean Solar Panels
Solar panels are relatively fragile, so you should use a low-pressure device instead of a pressure washer to remove dirt. You can also use a soft brush to manually remove dirt, dust, and debris from the top of the panel.
The best cleaning solution for your panels is dish soap. Add a few drops to warm water and use a sponge or cloth to gently scrub the panels. Afterwards, use a garden hose to wash away the soapy water. You can then let your panels dry in the sun.