How Often Do You Need to Clean Solar Panels?
How Often Should You Clean Your Solar Panels?
Numerous solar manufacturers and installation companies, such as SunPower and NRG Clean Power, recommend cleaning your PV modules at least twice a year. Depending on site conditions and the weather, you may need more frequent cleaning.
The misconception that rain sufficiently cleans panels is particularly misleading in Hawaii’s tropical climate. Humidity and rain can foster mildew and algae, forming a thick sludge that entirely shades solar cells. This must be addressed to prevent “shading,” leading to hot spots on panels, elevated temperatures, and stressed solar cells, causing potential damage.
Regularly cleaning your solar panels goes beyond increasing energy output — it’s pivotal for maintaining the lifespan of your solar system and keeping it working at its peak efficiency for longer.
To ensure efficiency, longevity, and warranty coverage, professional cleaning using the right methods and frequency is paramount. Don’t let misinformation overshadow the benefits of a well-maintained solar energy system.