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Cleaning Solar Panels

Solar Panel Cleaning Service in NZ

Have you been experiencing a significant drop in the energy output of your solar panels? If that’s the case, it’s worth asking yourself when you last had your solar panels professionally cleaned. Here at YourLocal, we offer both residential and commercial solar panel cleaning in New Zealand. We’ll help you ensure that your solar panels are dirt-free, stainless, and working as efficiently as possible.

For solar panels to work at their maximum efficiency, they need to have a clean and clear surface. This is because sunlight travels through the surface to reach the inside of the panels, where energy is produced.

As a result, your solar panels will not be creating the amount of electricity that they could be if they were dirt- and grime-free. For this reason, we recommend regular solar panel cleaning every 3-6 months. This cleaning schedule will ensure that your energy production level is kept at its highest year-round and that your panels will maximise the return on your investment.

Cleaning Solar Panels is Easy with YourLocal

We can clean panels without needing access to your roof. This means that you won’t have to worry about your solar panels being broken or damaged and that there will be minimal disruption to your property during the process. If you have a commercial premises or taller residential building, we can also clean its panels using high reach access equipment.

Our experienced team knows that solar panels are relatively fragile. That’s why the cleaning experts at YourLocal are careful not to stand, lean, or put much pressure on your panels when we’re cleaning them. We use long, telescopic poles with a soft brush head to safely clean your solar panels while avoiding any damage to them in the process. Our technicians are highly attentive to details and will take every precaution necessary to ensure that your solar panels are left spotless after we finish.

We know that when you make the switch to using solar panels, it’s because you care about protecting the environment and making a difference. That’s why we use eco-friendly solar panel cleaning products to make a greater impact.

They’re also far better for the life and efficiency of your solar panels. These products leave no residue and will not damage your valuable solar panels. Our expert solar panel cleaners are trained in the safest solar panel cleaning methods, and using the right products is just part of the process.

Here at YourLocal, we have years of experience in the property maintenance industry. This expertise means that we know precisely how to provide you with outstanding customer service at an exceptional, affordable price.

Call us now on 0800 00 2816 or get in touch with us online to get a quote or arrange an appointment for a solar panel cleaning. We’ll ensure that your panels are working at the efficiency you expect.

Why Is Cleaning My Solar Panels Important?

Solar panels work when light is emitted into the cells within the solar panel. This means that these panels need to be placed on exposed surfaces, where they become prone to a natural build-up of contaminants, including bird droppings, dirt and grime, as well as airborne pollutants.

This accumulation of dirt and debris can limit the amount of light that can reach and enter your solar panels, which, in turn, will reduce their efficiency and energy output. That’s why regular solar panel cleaning is vital if you want to maintain and protect your energy investment.

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Improve Your Solar Panel Efficiency

This means that regularly keeping your solar panels clean will do more than just leaving your roof looking nice. Clean solar panels are efficient solar panels and can help save a significant amount of money on your electricity bills. You should think of cleaning your solar panels as you think of checking the air pressure in your tyres – a vital part of maintenance to ensure that your system performs at its best.

Here at YourLocal, our expert cleaners make sure to use modern technologies and techniques to keep your solar panels clean. With our eco-friendly cleaning products and soft brushes, we’ll ensure that your panels are left with a residue-clear, spot-free finish and are not scratched or damaged in the process. If you would like a quote for a solar panel cleaning, get in touch with us at 0800 00 2816.

While the dirt and grime that gathers on your solar panels might not always be visible, its effects are more pronounced. Dirty solar panels can face a tremendous decrease in their efficiency – including drops as high as 18-20%!

Keep Your Solar Panels Working Better For Longer

An increasing number of households and businesses are making use of solar panels to help with energy and heating. But for them to be fully efficient, regular cleaning is essential.

Solar panel systems are significant investments. Regular maintenance is thus essential to get the highest possible return on your system and ensure that it lasts for a long time. One of the most important parts of routine solar panel maintenance is ensuring that they are kept clean.

Solar panels are built to be tough and last for decades, but they still require small amounts of regular support. A regular cleaning schedule and ensuring that your panels are kept free of debris will help assure that your solar power system generates as much electricity as possible. It is often the small things that build up over time, such as dust, dirt, moss, pollen, or even bird droppings, that cause a loss in the energy production of your solar panels. This is because debris blocks sunlight from reaching the solar cells, where the power is generated.

Many factors affect how frequently your solar panels need to be kept clean. For instance, if you’re in a dry area with lots of windswept dust or sand, particles can accumulate in the air in large quantities. These can block your solar panels. Bird droppings can also obscure their surface, causing a significant decline in output. If you notice that your panels are not producing the energy they should be, cleaning them may be the solution.

This maintenance must be done with careful attention to the health of the panels. Corrosive chemicals and detergents can damage the surface of your panels, shorting the lifespan of both the glass and their rubber seals. This is why, at YourLocal, we are careful to only use eco-friendly cleaning products to ensure that your solar panels never come out of cleaning worse for wear.

Your Warranty

Some solar panel manufacturers and installation companies require regular professional cleaning of your solar panels as a condition of their warranty. This means that if your panels run into a problem or become damaged and you do not have proof of having them regularly professionally cleaned, they may no longer be covered by your warranty. This can risk you losing valuable amounts of money in lost energy production.

Why Rainwater Will Not Clean Your Solar Panels

Rain contains airborne dust particles that settle and attach to a surface after the rainwater on it has evaporated. These dust panels block out light, causing visibility to the panels to become lost and reduce their efficiency. That means that solar panels must be regularly cleaned by a professional to maximise the amount of light that enters them and increase the efficiency of their operation.

How Often Should Solar Panels Be Cleaned?

It’s generally recommended that solar panels be cleaned every six months to 1 year. However, if your solar power production has dropped and your weather is unchanged, or your panels are looking unclean to the touch, these are signs that they may require more frequent cleaning.
More regular cleaning might also be necessary if you live in a location where dirt or grime is more likely to accumulate, such as by a motorway, are near the sea, where there is more salt in the air, or live in an area near lots of birds.

Here are some factors that affect how frequently your panels need to be cleaned:

Leaves and Dust

Dust is generally the main form of grime that builds up on solar panels over the years. While some dust may not be noticeable and may still allow light to enter your panels, it can still lower their efficiency – leaving your power bill to take a bigger hit. Indeed, many studies have suggested that there is a considerable energy yield loss when solar panels are not regularly cleaned.

Fallen leaves are a more direct obstacle in the way of light. If you live near a dusty area, such as by farmland or a main road, your panels are likely to accumulate a greater amount of dust and dirt. In such a situation, you may need to have your panels cleaned more regularly.

Bird Droppings

Bird droppings on your solar power panels can be seriously detrimental to their performance. If you have many trees near your building, they will attract birds, who roost there and build nests. In addition, the leaves that fall from these trees will also cause a build-up of debris on your panels, making it essential to employ regular solar panel cleaning services.

Performance Has Dropped

All reliable solar panel interfaces should come with a form of monitoring, allowing you to see performance data. Check in with your system regularly – every few months – to ensure that it’s delivering the volume of power you expect. If your system performance drops, and it isn’t due to a change in the weather, this might be a sign that the panels need to be cleaned.

Get The Professionals

If it’s time to get your solar panels cleaned, you’ll need a professional with the skills and equipment to get the job done effectively and safely, especially if they’re out of reach on your roof. Professional cleaning services can help and make sure your panels are left spotless and shining afterwards.

The team at YourLocal has the skills, experience and knowledge to get your solar panels neat and clean so they work at their best possible standards. To find out more about our solar panel cleaning services, get a quote, or book an appointment, please contact us at 0800 00 2816.