Cracking Solar Panel Cleaning Results On Yeovil Chicken Farm

by | Dec 26, 2018 | Robot, Rooftop Cleaning, video, Yeovil

Clean Solar Solutions have completed the cleaning of over 5,000 roof mounted solar panels on a chicken farm near Yeovil.  Landshire Foods rear chickens, is one of the UK’s largest egg packing stations in the UK, packing over 3% of the UK’s eggs and continuing their holistic approach to farming, Landshire manufacture pellets from the chicken manure created on site.  

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These activities are power-consumption heavy tasks, so wisely, farm owner Mr Paul Crocker saw fit to have 1.3MW of solar installed on the 13m high roofs back in 2015.

Aerial view of 1.3MW installation consisting of over 5,000 roof-mounted solar panels

Recognising that he was losing a substantial amount of revenue due to dust and detritus building up on his solar panels, Mr Crocker started searching for a company capable of coping with the demands of the site and the detritus accumulating on his panels, as seen below.

Dust and detritus covering the solar panels is detrimental to their energy production potential

Mr Crocker engaged the services of a local solar panel cleaning company, who tried to clean the solar panels with a long pole from a cherry picker, and having spent 3 hours on site, they struggled to remove the detritus from the solar panels only managed to clean 16 panels and walked off site.

Partway through cleaning the difference is clear

With over 5,000 panels on site, Mr Crocker quickly recognised that a completely different approach and specialist expertise was needed.  Clean Solar Solutions were consulted to see if they could provide an alternative method of cleaning. 

A site visit took place and the issues with the detritus and access was acknowledged.  Prior to the first clean taking place, it was necessary to have a Mansafe access system installed, along with walkways.  This allows us to get a lot closer to the solar panels and provide a higher quality clean.  Combined with this, was the need for a chemical pre-treatment, to help remove the detritus.  Clean Solar Solutions use a solar panel manufacturer approved pre-treatment fluid which safely removes bird droppings and lichen in an ecologically-friendly way.

Pre-treatment is left to soak in for a few minutes and cuts through the grime
A single pass from the robot results in an outstanding finish immediately
The end result after cleaning is completely different from the picture at the top of the page

Mr Crocker was so impressed with the service and quality of work, that a 5-year contract has been agreed for a minimum of 2 cleans per year, with the option of an ad hoc clean.  This will prevent the solar panels from reaching the state they were in before we were called in.  The main point of the cleaning exercise is to increase Mr Crocker’s on-site electricity generation and his ROI.  Without doubt, this has been accomplished.

If you are in the Yeovil area and you require solar panel cleaning or solar maintenance on a commercial, agricultural or residential property, please feel free to contact us.