How to Clean Solar Panels

Feb 11, 2020

Solar PanelsOne of the best ways to ensure your solar panels are always operating at peak efficiency is to clean them regularly to remove dirt and debris. While a rain shower can help to clear off dirt and debris, there are times when there is little to no precipitation. With its Mediterranean climate, Northern California typically has warm, dry summers and it’s important to clean your solar panels on a monthly basis during this time of year.

Ground-mounted solar panels are typically easier to clean, as you won’t have to worry about climbing onto your roof. Simply use a soft-bristle brush and gentle soap to clean the solar panels. If you have solar panels on your roof, you can buy a high-pressure hose with a nozzle attachment that can hold soap. This way, you can effectively clean your panels from the ground. If you do need to climb onto your roof, make sure to use a sturdy ladder and have someone standing by to help. Other considerations to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to turn off your solar panels before cleaning them—consult your owner’s manual for the proper way to turn off your system.
  • Avoid using hard water when rinsing off your solar panels, as this can damage them.
  • Remember that solar panels can get hot when the sun is out. It’s best to clean them early in the day before the sun has had a chance to warm them up.
  • Consider hiring a professional to clean your solar panels. This reduces the risk of damaging your solar panels as well as ensures they are cleaned properly.

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Byers installs high-quality solar panels for homeowners in Northern California and surrounding areas. If you are ready to make the switch to solar, we’d love to answer your questions and show you how beneficial solar panels can be. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary, hassle-free consultation.