How We Clean Solar Panels

We only use professional solar panel cleaning equipment and the purest reverse osmosis deionized water when cleaning your solar system. We never use any detergents or abrasives to clean solar panels, as this degrades and damages them by adding build up and/or scratches that affect power output.

We don’t use metal objects or harsh abrasive products for removing caked on materials – scratching the glass on a solar panel can affect its performance because the scratches cast shadows over the photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Solar panel glass is generally high quality so only clean using reverse osmosis deionized water and a little scrubbing, this will remove even the most stubborn grime. At Lesside Services we use only pure, properly filtered water pumped through an extension pole with a SOFT brush attachment to ensure that no damage is caused to the glass and your solar panels are left sparkling, spotless and ready to crank out those kilowatts!

How Not To Clean Solar Panels

Solar Panel Manufacturers recommend against using chemicals or detergents to clean your solar panels as these leave behind a sticky microfilm that attracts more dust and grime decreasing their efficiency. Abrasives damage the glass ( protective anti reflective films) and can even void the warranty of your solar panels. Tap water and rain will not keep solar panels running at maximum efficiency.

How Often Should You Have Your Solar Panels Cleaned?

Most solar panel systems across Brisbane are fine with basic checks and cleaning 1-2 times a year. Some manufacturers even suggest that solar panels do not need to be cleaned as they have self-cleaning glass which removes any residue or debris when it rains. However, solar panels are only cost efficient when they are working at maximum output and for that reason it is best to get them checked and cleaned at least once a year. When they do malfunction, however, it’s normally down to only a handful of reasons, such as the droppings of possums, birds, and bats and environments factors like leaves and debris.