Posted on Sep 25th 2023
Solar panels are an investment in a sustainable future, allowing you to harness the power of the sun to generate electricity for your home. However, like any other investment, solar panels require regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. One question that often arises for homeowners new to solar energy is whether or not solar panels need to be cleaned. Read on to learn more about the importance of cleaning solar panels, brought to you by our experts at Custom Energy!
Though the question of whether solar panels need cleaning has become a bit of a debate amongst homeowners, the short answer is yes. Solar panels require a good cleaning every so often to ensure they are still working at full capacity. Dust, dirt, pollen, bird droppings, leaves, and other debris can accumulate on the surface of your solar panels over time, reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the solar cells and decreasing the panels' energy production. So, while they don't need to be cleaned nearly as often as other areas of your home, neglecting the cleanliness of your solar panels can translate into a significant loss of energy production and potential savings.
Most of the time, regular rainfall is capable of rinsing dust off your solar panels and keeping them at a 95% production of their maximum capacity. However, often, it's more than dust impacting the output of your panels. In this case, you'll need to give your panels a good wash.
Luckily, cleaning your solar panels is a fairly straightforward process that you can often do yourself. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process:
Cleaning your solar panels is essential to their maintenance. At Custom Energy, we strive to ensure our clients are happy with their purchase. While we do not provide cleaning services, our 25-year warranty will give you the peace of mind that your panels will last for years. Contact us today for a free estimation!
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I had a SunPower system (35 panels and 2 batteries) installed by Custom Electrical (Custom Energy). I found them knowledgeable and easy to work with from the project start to finish. The design and install crews did excellent work and took my concerns into account. Their work was completed on time and on budget. I would use them again in the future and I certainly recommend them.
We contacted Custom Energy late in the fall hoping that our system could be installed before year end. They worked quickly with the design and permitting process and installation was completed in December. They did a very professional job and everything works like it is supposed to.