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Solar Panel Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

Solar Energy | 11 July 2023

Solar panels are an excellent investment for homeowners looking to save on their electricity bills and to reduce their carbon footprint; however, they require proper maintenance to ensure maximum efficiency and longevity. As an electrical and renewable energy expert, BNR Electric understands the importance of regular maintenance and cleaning solar panels to maximize their efficiency and lifespan. That is why we have compiled some solar panel cleaning and maintenance tips.

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Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Solar Panels

Some simple tips for cleaning and maintaining your solar panels are:

1. Clean Your Solar Panels

It is essential to clean your solar panels. Dust, dirt, bird droppings, and other debris can accumulate on the panel’s surface over time, reducing its ability to absorb sunlight. It is ideal to clean your solar panels once every three months. Avoid using abrasive materials or high-pressure hoses, which can damage the panel’s protective coating.

2. Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals

When cleaning your solar panels, avoiding harsh chemicals is essential. Chemicals like bleach or ammonia can damage the surface of the panels and reduce their efficiency. Instead, use a soft brush or sponge with warm water to gently remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the panels. You can also use a mild soap solution with water for more stubborn stains or grime buildup on your solar panels.

3. Routine Inspections

Inspect your solar panels regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Check for cracks, chips, or scratches on the glass surface, as these can affect its ability to absorb sunlight efficiently. If you notice any damage, contact a professional installer immediately for repairs. This will prevent further damage and ensure that your panels continue to produce electricity at their highest capacity. Additionally, watch for any shading issues caused by overgrown trees or other structures blocking sunlight from reaching the panels.

4. Debris or Obstructions

Make sure to keep your panels free of debris such as leaves, twigs, or dirt buildup. This buildup can prevent sunlight from reaching the cells, leading to decreased energy output. A simple rinse with a garden hose can help remove most of this debris but, if it is hard to reach or stubborn, use a soft-bristled brush with soap and water.

If you need tips on cleaning and maintaining your solar panels, do not hesitate to contact BNR Electric. Our team is available through our online contact form and will collaborate with you to provide the ideal solution for your electrical needs.

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