SOLAR PANEL CLEANING
Do I need to clean my solar panels?
Like anything else, the better you take care of your solar panels, the better they will work for you. Developing a regular maintenance routine for your solar panels will make sure that you are getting the best value out of your system.
Dust, leaves, bird droppings and other environmental deposits will keep your panels from functioning at their full capacity. Clean Technica's report showed that the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) showed a potential 30% energy yield loss per year for solar panels that were not cleaned monthly.
How Often Should I Have My Panels Cleaned?
The answer to this is: "It depends".
Kipp and Zonen created a whitepaper that discusses the effects of soiling on solar panel arrays.
There are many factors that go into deciding how often your solar panels should be cleaned. Some of these factors include geographic location, environmental factors such as wind, dust and humidity, distance from trees, and angel of your array.
As an example, dirt tends to be worse in desert areas like Southern California because the air tends to be dry and dusty.
The experts at Sunshine Windows can help you determine how often your panels need to be cleaned and get you set up on a regular cadence to make sure your system is working at it's top efficiency.