The maintenance of solar panels, including their cleaning and monitoring, is one of the most important activities for someone who decides to use this type of technology because if it is not carried out with care and, therefore, the good state of each one of its parts is not maintained, its operation can be affected and it can even reduce the amount of energy its produce.
Since these are devices that work with the energy they obtain through their exposure to the sun and also through the contact with the sun’s rays, keeping their surface clean is a determining factor when performing their functions. A dirty solar panel will not absorb the same amount of light as a clean one, which will directly influence the amount of power it can generate.
The first step is to keep the solar panels free of dirt. Usually, they are installed on high surfaces such as roofs, which leaves them very exposed to various particles that can be found in the environment such as waste released by trees, dried leaves, dust, pollen bird droppings, plant waste, and so on. are housed for a long time on its surface can create stains that lead to the panels to produce much less electricity than necessary.
In order to carry out the removal of the dirt, great care must be taken since the glass of the plate should not be scratched in any way as this would spoil the system almost in its entirety, for that reason, it is important to know in which way it is recommended to remove the dirt. There are cleaning kits for solar panels which usually consist of a cleaner, a small brush with extension and liquid soap. However, these are implements that we can find at home without having to spend more money. So, in this case, you can use the equipment you implement to clean your car.
First of all, the soap should be mixed with the amount of water indicated on the container. Then, the brush should be immersed in the soapy solution and rub gently on the surface of the panels to remove the dirty material. There are panels that are divided into small parts, so it is advisable to have several brushes of different sizes at hand as it is important to reach each corner of the system to clean all dust that may be accumulated.
Then, you should proceed to use the cleaner. This step is important to perform while the exterior is still wet as this prevents the soap from drying out and blocking the amount of light that the plate can receive. You can also use a soft cloth to get rid of soap scum, the important thing is not to scrub hard to avoid causing damage to the surface.
If you notice that there are still many spaces that have not been cleaned, you should use a trained professional to carry out tasks of this type so as not to risk damaging the panels. In the same way, it is necessary to take into account the location it has since, being equipment that is generally installed in high places, they can represent a risk for the security of the person at the moment of accessing them.