Solar Panel Cleaning In Wembley, London – A Miracle Happened!

by | Jun 13, 2020 | lichen, London

We carry out solar maintenance and solar panel cleaning in Wembley, London. Even if we do say it ourselves, Clean Solar Solutions have proved yet again why we have won multiple awards by performing a miracle on these solar panels!

Why Did These Solar Panels Need Cleaning?

These solar panels were absolutely covered in lichen. Lichen grows on solar panels where there is a nitrogen-rich atmosphere on the surface of the solar panels. In this instance it was due to a large pigeon population nesting under the solar panels. Their build-up of their droppings was creating the nitrogen-rich atmosphere. We had never seen such a bad build-up of lichen on solar panels. Lichen is very difficult to remove from solar panels and should only be carried out by specialists.

Solar panel cleaning Wembley

Why Is The Lichen So Bad On The Solar Panels?

The solar panels get very dirty, very quickly becuase of a couple of factors. Firslt,y there is a large pigeon population that rest on the roof of this property and create a real mess. Secondly, because this is Wembley, there is a large volume of passing traffic in the area.  Combined, they had created an incredible bloom of lichen on the solar panels which no window cleaner locally was able to remove.

Solar panels that need cleaning Wembley

Clean Solar Solutions swung into action in Wembley whilst completing cleans across other parts of London and set their knowledgable cleaning team to work.  

Solar panels in Wembley that are  halfway through cleaning

Why Is Lichen So Damaging To Solar Panels?

Lichen growth like this can damage the solar array in two ways. Firstly, the instant reduction in output everyday. With very little light hitting the solar cells, very little power will be produced. Secondly, The long terms effects of shading from the lichen can cause cells to fail permanently. Then you have a permanently damaged solar panel which will never again produce as much electricity as it should.

The solar panel would have been getting way too hot when the lichen spots were covering them, due to the way solar panels work.  When solar panels get shade cast across them, they start to heat up inside and cells within the solar panels can suffer irreparable damage.  By having the lichen removed, the solar panels will perform much more efficiently.

How Were The Solar Panels Cleaned So Well?

We first had to gain access to the solar panels with a cherry picker. Then we used an approved lichen removal chemical. Unlike the vast majority of lichen removal chemicals, ours has been approved for use by many solar panel manufacturers. The chemical was applied via a hand sprayer and left to soak in. The lichen was then carefully removed, without causing damage to the glass. We were able to bring these Wembley solar panels to an as new condition, much to the delight of the home owner.  What a transformation!

Cleaned solar panels in Wembley

With her solar panels like new, this Wembley resident saw an instant uplift in output from her solar panels.  The solar panels were no longer sharded by the lichen, s more light would have been hitting the cells inside the panels. This means more electricity would be produced.

If you are in Wembley and require a quote for your solar panel cleaning, please contact us.