Clean Solar Solutions Ltd have completed their first solar panel cleaning job for Green Switch Solutions, on a Herefordshire farm. Rhyse Farm is a poultry farm near Kington, Herefordshire and has a solar array consisting of over 600 solar panels, spread across 3 poultry sheds.
GSS contacted us after the customer reported a significant drop in output compared to the previous year. We visited site along with Mipower, a Shropshire-based solar installer and we found that here was a fault on an inverter, which we rectified, but we also noted a considerable build up of dust on the solar panels.
The poultry feed from the sheds is drawn outside via extractor fans and this creates a very dusty atmosphere, clearly seen in the picture below.
The dust is blown into the air and then settles on the solar panels. When it rains, it then forms a thin paste which rainwater cannot thin enough to make it run off the solar panels. The pitch of poultry sheds is usually very shallow, not allowing a great deal of water run-off, making it hard for detritus to wash away during a spell of rain. If it is summertime and dust settles on the solar panels, it becomes baked on to the panels, again making it very difficult for rainwater to remove.
We were able to agree a price for cleaning with Green Switch Solutions and one of our teams returned to carry out the cleaning. There was a marked difference in output after cleaning, Green Switch Solutions reported an increase of over 20% as a result of the cleaning alone. The difference between the cleaned and dirty panels is highlighted below.
We are glad that the clean was a success and that Green Switch Solutions were pleased with our service. Pier Marco Campolucci -Bordi, director of Green Switch Solutions says "We would like to thank Clean Solar Solutions Ltd for their service and we will be happy to refer business to them in the future."
We carry out solar panel cleaning across all of Herefordshire on all types of ground mounted and roof mounted solar arrays. If you would like a free quote for your solar panel cleaning, please contact us.
Posted on March 7, 2014
by Steve Williams filed under