50kWp Solar Panel Cleaning, Ashford

Cleaning, Maintenance

NWT were approached by an agricultural client in Ashford about cleaning his solar PV system because his original installer was no longer in business. This was a case where local conditions dictate that the modules will need to be cleaned regularly in order to ensure they are operating effectively. Since the Feed-in Tariff is paid over a fixed term, revenue lost through reduced productivity can not be recouped later. Depending on your FIT rate and the amount of dirt on the panels, this can amount to thousands of pounds in lost revenue.

50kWp Solar Panel Cleaning, Ashford

Cleaning of solar PV panels is essential

Over time, a large amount of dirt and organic material can build up, coating the surface of the PV modules.  This is especially true in agricultural settings, where the combination of airborne particles and shallow roof pitches creates conditions for the layer to build.

Layer of dirt on PanelThis layer creates a physical barrier that reduces the intensity of light reaching the semiconductor surface beneath the protective glass on each module.  This causes a substantial reduction in the amount of electricity that can be generated by the system, consequently reducing income from FIT payments and electricity bill savings.


Maximising income from your PV system

How often panels need to be cleaned will depend on the site specific circumstances, but as a general rule it is worth checking every year.  In this example the modules were cleaned at the start of spring and there is no doubt that there will be a substantial increase in generation of electricity as a result, with the resultant extra income by far exceeding the cost of the cleaning process.