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How to Clean Solar Panels

Clean solar panels are essential to ensure the highest performance. Solar panels can accumulate pollution, pollen, salt, and sea salt. You can expect elements to build up on solar panels if they are exposed to the air.

Your panels may also be located near highways, factories, airports, freeways, or other public transportation. This can lead to increased oil and grime buildup, which will affect their efficiency. You can also reduce their efficiency by as much as 15 to 25% if you don’t clean your panels properly. It is important to learn how to clean solar panels. Let’s get started.

How to Clean Solar Panels Step-by-Step

Step 1: Turn off your entire system

Step 2: Block off or disconnect rainwater collections or gutters

Step 3: Select the best time

Step 4: Remove the panels from the ground

Step 5: Apply water to the top of the panels

Step 6: Use mild soap and a soft cloth

Step 7: If you want to climb on top of the roof, make sure that you have appropriate safety equipment

Step 8: Reattach your panels and turn them on

Things to Avoid When Cleaning Solar Panels

It is important to remember that not all tools can clean solar panels. Avoid:

  • Hard water is bad for the panels because it leaves a residue that can cause them to lose efficiency.
  • Abrasive sponges may scratch or damage panels.
  • High-pressure water can damage the panel frame. When cleaning panels with a nozzle, use a moderate temperature.
  • The panels can be permanently damaged by freezing water. Make sure to use water that is close to the temperature of your panel.
  • Solar collectors’ surfaces can be damaged by solvents and detergents.

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