Why we clean solar panels as part of the install process

The Sparkling Secret Behind Solar Efficiency

Harnessing the boundless energy of the sun, solar panels have become common fixtures atop rooftops in retail parks, industrial estates and commercial premises across the country. Yet, while the benefits of having solar panels installed for businesses is well known, a crucial yet often overlooked aspect emerges: the significance of keeping solar panels clean for optimal efficiency.

And that is why we make sure that every brand new solar panel install for business that we offer includes a thorough cleaning of the new solar panels as part of the installation job. It might seem strange to shout about this but it is actually not something that every solar installer does as standard. Yet it is a very important part of maximising solar efficiency.

Understanding Efficiency Impacts

Solar panels function by converting sunlight into electricity through the photovoltaic effect. Though as we always like to point out, solar panels do NOT need sunlight to generate electricity.  They just need daylight. But the process of generating electricity from solar energy can be hampered by a seemingly innocuous adversary – dirt. Dust, pollen, bird droppings, construction debris and other debris accumulate over time, forming a film on the panel’s surface. While imperceptible to the naked eye, this layer acts as a barrier, obstructing sunlight and diminishing energy production.

Studies have shown that even a modest layer of dirt can lead to significant energy losses. Dirty solar panels can experience efficiency reductions ranging from 15% to 25%. This decline underscores the critical need for regular cleaning to maintain peak performance.

Prioritising Performance and Longevity

At Low Energy Services, a proactive stance on panel maintenance is ingrained in our ethos. We recognise that pristine panels are paramount to maximising returns on solar investments. Which is why we ensure that all the solar panel installs that we complete are cleaned.  And with maintenance packages available that extend beyond installation, we offer routine cleaning schedules tailored to our clients’ needs.

Sustainability in Practice

Regular panel cleaning aligns with our broader commitment to environmental stewardship. By optimising energy output, clean solar panels mitigate the need for additional fossil fuel-based power generation, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating environmental impact. By prioritising both performance and planet, we uphold the principles of responsible energy stewardship.

Educating on the Benefits of Clean Solar

At Low Energy Services, we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge to make informed decisions about their renewable energy investments. By demystifying the link between cleanliness and efficiency, we empower our clients to actively participate in maximising the performance and longevity of their solar systems. In doing so, we forge lasting partnerships founded on trust, transparency, and shared environmental responsibility.

As the world pivots towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy future, the role of solar power has never been more pivotal. However, to fully harness the potential of this abundant resource, attention to detail is paramount. By prioritising regular panel cleaning, we unlock the full efficiency and environmental benefits of solar energy, paving the way for a brighter tomorrow.

In the grand tapestry of renewable energy, every clean panel represents a step towards a cleaner, greener future. At Low Energy Services, we remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence, one sparkling panel at a time.