Solar Panel Cleaning in Market Harborough
Pure Water Solar Panel Cleaning – Market Harborough
Direct Solar Care provide Pure Water Solar Panel Cleaning in the market town of Market Harborough which sits on the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire borders and has the village of Great Bowden within its confines. Market Harborough is located in an area which was formerly a part of the Rockingham Forest, a royal hunting forest dating back to William I, the original boundaries of which covered 200 sq. miles and included the settlements at Desborough, Naseby & Rothwell. The forest was named after the village of Rockingham, where its castle was a royal retreat for King William I after the Norman conquest, but over the years much of the forest has disappeared with only a patchwork of the north-eastern forest remaining.
Why is it important to have your solar panels cleaned twice a year? Read on to find out why, the best way to do it and why you should only use Direct Solar Care’s Pure Water Solar Panel Cleaning system.
Professional Solar Panel Cleaning Services in Market Harborough
Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and thermal solar panels are designed to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity, or in the case of thermal solar panels for heating water, therefore the more sunlight that hits a panel, the more power it will generate. Unfortunately, due to the angle and position of most solar panels they are very susceptible to an accumulation of grime, dust and dirt, not to mention bird droppings from the hordes of pigeons that always seem to nest around solar panels. This will obviously reduce the amount of light hitting the panels and consequently reduce their output.
The true impact of having dirty solar panels upon energy efficiency is difficult to assess because many case studies have shown results can vary dramatically depending upon the climate and environment where you live. Claims for actual output loss can range from 20% up to 50% but here at Direct Solar Care we believe that even if you take the lower estimates of a 20% reduction in the power produced by your solar panels it is still worthwhile cleaning solar panels frequently.
Energy figures projected by solar panel manufacturers and installers are always based on the optimum output of clean solar panels, so in order for you to make the most of the government ‘Feed in Tariff’ it is important to keep the solar panels clean to maximise the return on your investment.
Why Doesn’t Rainwater Clean Solar Panels?
The water in a raindrop is one of the cleanest sources of water available, however it is only pure when it first begins to fall. As it falls through the sky as rain, it picks up gases such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide from the atmosphere and can also absorb soot and other microscopic particulates. So by the time rainwater reaches your solar panels it will most likely be saturated with pollutants and over time this can result in a heavy residue being deposited on your solar panels. For this reason, PV panel manufacturers recommend that you clean solar panels at least twice a year to maintain optimum performance.
Furthermore, if you have ever washed your car or windows on a warm sunny day, only to find that once dry, your bodywork and windows are smeared and streaky you will know that tap water is not ‘pure’. In actual fact it contains many impurities such as calcium, phosphates, nitrates, sodium, potassium and chloride, and it is these impurities that remain once the water has dried, leaving the unsightly marks. Therefore, we don’t recommend that tap water, even with detergents, is used to clean your solar panels.
How to Clean Solar Panels
Here at Direct Solar Care we only use the very latest pure water cleaning technology to clean solar panels. This ensures perfect, environmentally friendly cleaning results every time and as our long reach and wash poles enable us to operate from ground level it is completely safe for us because no ladders or scaffolding are necessary. This avoids any damage to your roof or guttering and also keeps our solar panel cleaning cost down to a very affordable price.
To apply pure water to your solar panels we use an extendable reach and wash water fed pole with a soft bristle cleaning brush on the end. Pure water is pumped up the pole and out through jets in the brush head. The pure water with its powerful cleaning properties rapidly softens even the most stubborn dirt, the soft brush is then used to agitate the softened dirt and the flow of pure water carries the dirt away from the panels.
How does Pure Water Clean Solar Panels?
Purified, or pure water has been mechanically filtered or processed to remove contaminants and impurities to make it suitable for industrial use. Direct Solar Care only use pure water to clean your solar panels because it is proven to be the best method of cleaning. Pure water is constantly trying to return to its natural impure state, which means in simple terms that it wants to be dirty again! So when applied to your solar panels it attracts dirt, grime and other deposits like a magnet, leaving the panels nice and clean. As pure water, once dry, leaves nothing behind on the PV panels they actually stay cleaner for longer as there is nothing there to attract the dirt back to the surface.
We produce our own supply of pure water with specialised equipment which uses a process called ‘Reverse Osmosis’, a water purification technology that uses a semi-permeable membrane, similar to Gore-Tex, to remove ions, molecules, and other particles and impurities from tap water.
Solar Panel Cleaning Prices
- Pure Water Solar Panel Cleaning Service – £60 for up to 16 Solar Panels
Prices available upon request for solar arrays of more than 16 panels and also for industrial installations.
Contact Direct Solar Care
Leicestershire based Direct Solar Care has carved a niche in the solar panel cleaning service industry, so contact us today on 0800 088 6392, and we’ll be more than happy to clean your solar panels and keep them generating electricity to their maximum potential.