When they installed my system they never mentioned cleaning my solar panels?
Although solar energy has been around a while, residential applications are fairly new. The manufactures and installation companies are learning continually about what is required to maintain these systems.
Doesn't the rain clean my solar panels?
First of all it rains so infrequently here in the Valley of the Sun, using the rain isn't a good option for cleaning. The other is that rain is not really efficient at cleaning solar panels, the desert dust mixes with the oils and dirt on the roads then is picked up by the winds and left on your solar panels.
Why not just do it yourself?
Most people do not want to go up on their roofs, besides that you would need to get the proper water pressure as to be able to remove the debris, oil soaked dust and bird droppings, but not so powerful as to violate the seals on each unit. In addition you would need to remove the excess water so each panel dries clear and free of residue.
Why should I even clean my solar panels?
Over time dust, bird droppings and debris can accumulate on your solar panels reducing their efficiency in some cases over 20% or more. Regular cleaning will keep your solar panels working at the highest output possible. In addition regular cleaning will keep your warranty valid.
Will cleaning my solar panels invalidate my warranty?
No, just the opposite, regular maintenance of your solar panels will protect your warranty and is recommended by the manufacturer.
Is getting my solar panels cleaned expensive?
Pricing is based on the size of your system, accessibility to your solar panels, water source and power. For most residential applications the one time cost is between $40 and $60, however there are discounts for quarterly and monthly contracts.
When they installed my system, they said that I could just use the hose to rinse my panels?
Your solar panels are exposed to dust that is impregnated from road grime, as well as tree sap, and bird droppings. Try standing 50 feet away from your car and clean it by hosing it off. AZSolarClean uses biodegradable earth friendly detergents to remove the oil soaked grime.