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Commercial Solar Cleaning

Commercial Solar Cleaning

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Solar panels at your home or business are very similar to windows, they get dirty very quickly from rain and dust. Research has been done and proven that PV panels that are cleaned on a regular basis can provide between 10% – 66% more efficiency, depending on the panel and the area your panel is positioned. Keeping your investment in solar panels operating at their peek performance level is an important part of helping them to provide you with more power.

Proper Solar Panel Cleaning and Maintenance is Key!

Proper Solar Panel Cleaning and Maintenance is Key for your commercial and residential solar panels. Solar panel maintenance is extremely important, and often a surprise to many homeowners after they have installed with a local solar panel installation company. After installing solar panels on your home or business, you must keep them maintained or they will not produce their maximum energy output. Solar Panel power production can decrease in efficiency by .5% every year for 25 years, but today’s solar panels, if maintained properly can last 35+ years.

Maintain Maximum Energy Efficiency on your Solar Panels

In order to maintain maximum energy efficiency, solar panels should be cleaned every 1 to 6 months depending on the location and type of solar panels.  Not all panels, roof slopes, neighborhoods, and mounts are the same so it is important to keep in mind that every system requires something unique. Some solar panels repel dirt differently than others, and if your panels are mounted on a steep angle, rainwater and debris will create natural runoff, however, this can also lead to build-up in certain areas which will ruin certain areas of your panels. With that being said, the more level your panels are mounted, the more dirt there will be so cleaning your solar panels is KEY!

Different Solar Panel Mounts require unique cleaning methods


They are typically commercial installations and are found at schools, shopping centers, hospitals, and anywhere that has large parking lots. In the next decade, you will be hard-pressed to find a parking lot without a carport solar shade structure. They can range from a small 60 modules to a large one like an airport with 10,000.

They are elevated stands that the solar array sets on. They provide shade and protection for cars from the elements. They are great for lighting parking lots at night to increase safety and security. They also make great use of the space by creating a lot of electricity. The difficulty is cleaning them! There are always conflicts with cars parking under the array, accessing them at high heights, long pole runs out to the middle of the array, and water access issues all create a huge headache that many companies have just given up on altogether trying to clean them. We are the best at cleaning carports! We do most of our work on nights and weekends. We use 4-wheel drive gas-powered scissor lifts and our own patent-pending brush technology. We are able to be very competitive in our pricing because of our experience and creativity.

Ground Mounts

They are typically out in the middle of nowhere. They need lots of cheap land and sun exposure. The large ones that are over 10 (MW) Mega Watts or (30-40,000 panels) are utility-scale. Some commercial entities have them too and they are typically a few thousand panels. They are typically under a MW, but some can get very large. Not as large as utility, but we have seen sites that are 20,000 panels or about 6-12 MW. The challenge with these sites is a reliable water source to clean the panels with, so dusting is becoming more and more popular. The next issue is that they are so far from population centers and only need to be cleaned one or two times a year that it is hard to fill a crew to do the work. Many ground mount installations will have robots cleaning them in the years to come. It is costly to do now, but one day that will be how all the large installations are cleaned.


This is the type of solar most people think about when they hear solar. However, there are only so many roofs. Don’t get me wrong there are still a lot of roofs out there that do not have solar, but one day I believe they all will. My guess is in the next 20 years it will be hard to find a roof without it. These are typically the most diverse types of arrays. They are all made differently and this is the thing that makes them difficult. Water and labor are typically easy to find you don’t need expensive equipment, and they are on flat roofs so they are safe and simple.

Solar Panel Cleaning Service Area

Shine Up Solar will keep your system running cooler and improve your power output.

Northern California

  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Oakland

Southern California

  • Los Angeles
  • Bakersfield
  • Santa Barbara
  • San Diego
  • Escondido
  • Carlsbad

Other Major US Cities

  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • Dallas
  • Austin
  • Houston
  • Denver

Solar is an investment that is calculated by most on a 25 year curve. Dirty panels not only jeopardize the future of your panels, but your present investment. If panels don’t produce their maximum energy output, you are paying the difference to the utility and you are losing money. Trust Shine Up Solar providing nation wide services for Solar Panel Cleaning and Solar Panel Washing.