Looking for maintenance advice for your solar panels in Hawaii?

Look no further!

At Pacific Energy, we’ve compiled a list of useful tips that you can use the next time you need to clean your solar panels in Hawaii.

How to clean your solar panels in Hawaii

Luckily, solar panels don’t really need a lot of maintenance and the good news is that wind or even rain can help wash away some of the dirt or debris accumulated on your roof. However, if you want to keep them working at full efficiency, you’d still need to take good care of them, even if it’s just from time to time.

The cleaner your solar panels are, the more efficient they can work!

That in mind, here are 7 great tips to remember the next time you decide to clean up your solar panels in Hawaii.

1. Be extra careful when you get up on your roof to clean your panels

For safety reasons, you should actually avoid getting up on your roof. It can be dangerous. Use a secure ladder to get to your panels, be extra careful and if you can, invest in some protection equipment to keep you safe in case you fall.

2. Turn off your PV system before cleaning your solar panels in Hawaii

In order to protect yourself even further, turn your PV system off when you clean your panels. Consult the manual to see how it’s done or call your solar installer in Hawaii to ask for directions. Make sure you also know how to turn it back on when you’re done.

3. Avoid using abrasive materials or sharp objects on your panels

Needless to say, but try not to scratch your panels. Avoid using sharp pads, abrasive brushes or any other unsafe materials that may cause damage. You’ve invested a fortune in your PV system, it would be a shame to ruin it, so try using soft brushes when you’re up there.

4. Use ‘soft’ water to clean your solar panels

When turning on your hose to wash off the debris and dirt accumulated on your panels, it’s best to avoid using hard or mineral rich water. Although doing it once or twice won’t matter, in the long run the practice can damage your panels. Use distilled or de-ionized water when cleaning your panels or get a hose attachment to soften the water from your tap.

5. Be careful if you’re using a high pressure hose

On the same note, be careful when you’re using a hose to wash your panels. A high pressure hose may cause damage, so try to keep your distance when you wash off the dirt.

6. Try cleaning your solar panels when they are cool

Keep in mind that during the peak hours of the day, your panels can get very hot. So, when you’re performing maintenance, try scheduling it either early in the morning or late in the evening, when the panels cool down.

7. Hire a professional to take care of cleaning your solar panels in Hawaii

In order to be 100% sure you won’t hurt yourself or cause damage, hire a professional to clean your panels! Call Pacific Energy today to find out more about what we can do to help.