Usually solar panels are self cleaning. However, in the regions where the climate is dry and if the panel is not tilted in the proper way, bird droppings, and dust other stuffs can get accumulated over a period of time, which can seriously affect the generation of electricity. The following section would offer you 5 tips on how to clean a solar panel.
5 Tips to Clean Solar Panels
Before you go ahead and start cleaning, make sure to go through the user manuals and instructions. Here are some general tips which might help you:
Inspection: Make it a habit to inspect the solar panel on a regular basis. This is important, because you need to be sure that there aren’t any cracks or loose connections before you use water to wash it
Clean the Debris: Remove all the debris which got accumulated over a period of time. If there are any tree branches nearby, trim them
Clean it: Get a bucket full of warm water and mix some cleaning solution to it. You can also use any ordinary detergent powder. Dip a piece of cloth into the solution, rinse it properly and them gently rub it on the panel. It is better if you use a sponge or a soft towel. Make sure do not apply too much of force during the process of cleaning. You might end up scratching the glass.
Remove the water: After you are done, there will be some water remaining on the panels. Remove them using a squeegee. This is important in order to ensure that hard water, mineral doesn’t build up
Dry the Panel: Use a piece of lint free cloth to dry the panel. Again, make sure that you don’t use too much of a force.
In order to ensure that your solar panel remains clean from all these contamination, it is very important for you to clean them on a regular basis.
Here is a video with additional tips on proper solar panel cleaning: