Last updated on August 25, 2023

Does cleaning solar panels really make a difference? If you’re considering buying solar panels, it’s important to understand the basics. What are they, and how do they work? How can cleaning your panels improve their efficiency? I answered these questions and more in this article.

What are solar panels?

Most people know that solar panels are used to generate electricity, but how do they work? Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into electrical energy. The more sunlight the cells are exposed to, the more electricity they generate. However, dirt and other debris can build up on the surface of the cells, blocking out some of the sunlight and reducing the amount of electricity produced. Regularly cleaning solar panels can help keep the cells clean and increase their efficiency.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels are an increasingly popular way to generate electricity in Australia, particularly in central NSW, but how do they work? Solar panels are made up of a number of individual solar cells, which convert sunlight into electrical energy. The more sunlight that hits the solar cells, the more electricity they generate. However, solar cells are not 100% efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, so cleaning solar panels needs to occur in order to maximise their efficiency. Regular cleaning with a soft cloth or brush will remove any build-up of dust and dirt, and ensure that the solar cells are able to capture as much sunlight as possible.

How do solar panels produce electricity?

Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight energy into the electricity you use on a daily basis. They are made up of a series of interconnected cells that absorb the sun’s photons, which are particles of sunlight. The photons knock electrons loose from their atoms, and the electrons flow through the cells to create an electric current. The current is then sent to an inverter, which converts it from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), and from there it goes into your home’s electrical panel and out to your appliances.

Solar panels are most efficient when they are clean. Dust, dirt, and other debris can build up on the panels and block sunlight from reaching the cells. This reduces the amount of electricity the panels can produce. Regular cleaning can help keep the panels operating at peak efficiency. Not cleaning them can create an inefficiency of up to 60% which defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. this show’s how important having regular solar maintenance performed is.

3 Types of Solar Panels and the Differences

There are three types of solar panels- monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film. Each type has its own unique properties that make it more or less efficient.

Monocrystalline solar panels are made from a single, large crystal of silicon. They are very efficient because the silicon crystals are perfectly aligned, allowing for maximum light absorption. However, they are also the most expensive type of solar panel.

Polycrystalline solar panels are made from multiple small crystals of silicon. They are not as efficient as monocrystalline panels, but they are much cheaper to produce.

Thin film solar panels are made from a very thin layer of semi-conducting material, typically cadmium telluride or silicon. They are the least efficient type of solar panel, but they are also the most flexible and can be produced in a variety of shapes and sizes.

How does a Solar Panel Cleaning service help to improve efficiency?

Cleaning solar panel services help to improve efficiency by removing dirt, dust, and other debris that can build up on panels and block sunlight from reaching the solar cells. In addition, regular cleaning can also help to prevent the formation of moss and other growths that can reduce the amount of sunlight that reaches the cells.

Why should I have my solar panels cleaned regularly, what is the cost and how long does it take?

If you have solar panels installed on your Hunter Valley home, it’s important to keep them clean in order to maintain their efficiency. Dust, dirt, and leaves can all accumulate on the panels and block sunlight from reaching the cells. This can reduce the amount of electricity generated by the panel by up to 60%.

While it’s important to keep the panels clean, it’s also important not to damage them while cleaning so hiring our professional team at Coalfields Climate Control is your best choice. Panels are usually on rooftops also, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubbing can both damage the surface of the panels. The best way to clean solar panels is with a soft brush and mild soap and water solution.

Cleaning solar panels is not a difficult or time-consuming task, but it is important to do it regularly. The cost of cleaning will vary depending on the size of your system and the number of panels you have. However, most Hunter Valley homeowners can expect to spend around $200 per year on solar panel cleaning.

Conclusion about cleaning solar panels

Solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bill. However, solar panels can lose their efficiency over time due to dirt and debris. Get Coalfields to perform regular cleaning to help improve the energy efficiency of your home, solar panels and help your investment last longer.

Posted onSeptember 2, 2022

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Brendan Ward is a senior HVAC+R contractor, renowned in his industry as the go-to person for advice, design and planning of commercial air conditioning installations. Brendan has been a qualified professional in both the residential and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector for almost 25 years, and has owned Coalfield's Climate Control, a leading air conditioning company in the Hunter Valley for over a decade.

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