What to Expect During a Solar Panel Cleaning

While solar panels are relatively low maintenance, at Solar Bear Tampa, we recommend that you get your solar panels cleaned at least once a year. Sure, you can clean your solar panels yourself, but with such pricey hardware on the line, it is best to let the professionals handle the solar panel cleaning. The last thing you want to do is accidentally break or damage your panels in the process of trying to keep them in fighting shape. 

Solar panels do require a bit of cleaning, especially in areas where dust can accumulate on the panels, or in areas where there are lots of birds. Unfortunately, bird droppings are the number one culprit for solar panel grime, and unlike dust, bird droppings won’t just wash away in the next rainstorm. 

If you don’t keep your solar panels clean, the build-up can cost you in terms of your overall savings from solar—in fact, your panels might lose up to 40% efficiency over time if you do not keep them clean. So, we highly recommend adopting the mindset that solar panel cleanings are just one part of your regular solar maintenance needs. 

Here’s what to expect during a professional solar panel cleaning. 

1. Surveying and inspection

Once you set your appointment with a professional solar panel cleaning company, odds are good that they will send out their team to survey your property and make an assessment of your solar panels. They’ll inspect the level of grime on your solar panels and assess what type of cleaning your panels will need. Then they’ll set up a time to come back and perform the cleaning. 

2. The cleaning itself

The cleaning crew will come to your house, approved and safe solar panel cleaning equipment in tow, and will quietly and efficiently scrub down your panels so that you are getting the most bang for your buck. Then they’ll pack up, and you’ll be free to use your solar panels as usual! 

For more questions regarding solar panel cleaning, or about solar power in general, please call us today.