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Solar Panel System Cleaning and Maintenance, is it required? Does it affect the overall system performance?

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As of 31st December 2024, more than 2.66 million rooftop solar power systems have been installed across Australia. Source

Dust, leaves, water, bird poops – these are the general solar blockers

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Dust and dirt on solar panels causes constant problems and this builds up grimes over the years. Also, your exact location plays a big role in how much this can affect your system. PV arrays situated in dustier areas or near farmland or next to the main road needs special maintenance. These solar panel systems require more frequent clean.

Bird droppings rather than dust on your solar power panels are more damaging. If many trees surround your house, your solar panels will be covered not only by leaves but also by bird’s droppings.

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A lot of build-up and debris is caused over time due to both these reasons, making it more important and regular to clean and maintain your solar panels Sydney. Always consider the angle of your array. During rains, flat panels will need more upkeep as water can pool up and leave a muddy residue when it evaporates. Angled ones take advantage of rain running across them to keep them clean.

How Often Do You Clean Solar Panels?

Several homeowners choose to clean their own solar panels. If you think of choosing this approach, always remember that it is safer to do so on the ground, where possible safely. 

Opting for professional solar panel cleaning services may not always be worth as a bit of dust build-ups over a time. No matter how it’s highly effective, when the job becomes too much of a risk to do yourself, we would recommend using experts to ensure your system is cleaned up to the best possible standards.

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