From leaves to dirt to dust, there’s no shortage of things that can accumulate on your solar panels and impact their performance. Not to mention, a build-up of grime can also affect the aesthetics of your solar energy systems. At Alternative Energy Systems (AES) in Chico, CA, we want to help you get the most out of your solar panels, which is why we’re sharing our top tips on how to clean solar panels. Read through our blog, then contact us with any questions!
How to Properly Clean Your Solar Panels
Start by Dislodging Debris
The first step in cleaning your solar panels is to dislodge any debris that’s accumulated on the surface. You can do this by using a soft-bristled brush or cloth to gently remove leaves, dirt, and dust. Just be careful not to scratch the surface of the panel!
Rinse With Water
Once you’ve dislodged the debris, rinse the panels with water to remove any remaining particles. You can use a garden hose or pressure washer for this step — just be sure not to use too much pressure, as it could damage the solar panel.
Apply Cleaning Solution
Next, apply a mild cleaning solution to the panels and scrub with a soft-bristled brush. We recommend using a mixture of one part water to one part vinegar. Avoid using harsh chemicals, as they can damage the solar panel’s surface.
Finally, rinse the panels one last time with water to remove the cleaning solution. Be sure to dry the panels afterwards to prevent water spots. Now your solar panels should be clean, clear, and ready to produce renewable energy!
By following these steps, you can keep your panels in tip-top shape and ensure they continue to perform at their best. If you have cleaned your solar energy system and still notice a decrease in output, contact Alternative Energy Systems today. One of our expert solar technicians will be happy to take a look and troubleshoot the issue.