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Is your Solar System Regularly Maintained?

Purchasing and Installing a solar system is a big investment; one that's worth the price -- both financially and environmentally. However, to keep your system in excellent condition and performing at its peak levels, requires a good scrub from time to time, kind of like windows. 

 

Hence, allowing solar panels to become dirty due to airborne particles, bird droppings, and tree leaves can greatly reduce your solar power output. Simply put, you are not getting the production you paid to get. If solar panels are never cleaned you not only lose a significant amount of power, you also risk losing the panels.

 

Your solar panel systems cost you dollars per watt to install. Solar Merchants Maintenance will recover lost power at pennies per watt. So you can rest assure knowing your system is operating effectively in the long run and into the future.

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Solar Panel Cleaning Questions:

 

Why do I need to clean my solar panels?

Leaves, bird poop and airborne particles (from dirt and pollen) dirty your solar panel. Dirty panels means power loss, grime and debris diminish the ability of the solar array to perform at full capacity.  If the cells in the solar panels aren't clean, then less sunlight is able to be absorbed and less electricity is generated.

 

How much electricity do dirty solar panels lose?

The potential energy loss depends on the level of filth your solar panels have accumulated. Energy loss could reach 25 percent, but some reports bring the number as high as 30 percent for consumers who never clean their system.

 

Why can’t I manually clean my panels?

Manually cleaning solar panels can come with risks. First, you (or the person who is doing the cleaning) risk personal injury. If you're not comfortable on your roof, consider your personal safety before ascending a ladder. Also, while soap and water won't hurt your solar panels, you still run the risk of damaging them (remember this is an electrical system you're cleaning) or even your roof if you don't know what you're doing. Some things are best left to professionals.

Solar Merchants will be using an accredited electrician to clean the panels and to check and do a diagnostic check of the system.

 

What will I get in the Maintenance Report?

Solar Merchants will do a complete check of the solar system. We will check overall wiring of the system, inverter performance, junction box, DC/AC isolations & voltage, and other nuts & bolts. We will also do a clean up of the panels to ensure that there is no dirt, leaves, bird poop, etc. All this will be done through an accredited electrician including, repairing any minor faults using minor consumable parts if possible, on the site visit.

A report post-site inspection will be generated with 3-5 business days, with recommendations on what needs to be done to get the system back up and running.

Please download a sample report from below.

 

How often should I get my panels cleaned?

Proper cleaning of solar panels will increase the overall efficiency and power production of your solar panels. Whether you have your panels cleaned on a bi-annual or annual basis, your overall power output will increase after each cleaning. With all the debris in the air from trees, birds, weather, seasons changing, etc cleaning your solar panels on a regular basis is essential if you want to secure your investment and ensure proper power producing panels. If situated on a busy road or directly underneath a flight path, then maintenance of your solar panels is recommended annually.

 

Why choose Solar Merchant for Maintenance?

Finding the right solar cleaning expert is not always easy and there is an “art” to cleaning solar panels. So trusting a solar cleaning expert at the Solar Merchants to get the job done right!