Solar Panel Cleaning On 1.69MW Roof Mount At Amcor Flexibles, Bristol

by | Aug 17, 2019 | Bristol, Commercial Rooftop

Clean Solar Solutions have successfully completed the cleaning of over 5,500 solar panels on a Bristol rooftop. The 1.69MW solar array is on the roof of Amcor Flexibles, near Stoke Gifford.

The huge roof has solar panels mounted on virtually every square foot.

Amcor Flexibles are a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products. With over 250 sites globally and over 48,000 employees, they also recognise the strong role they can play in leading the way for other companies to imitate their example towards renewable energy. They have a strong sustainability ethos. This is reflected in many ways in the management and production techniques of the company and is perfectly demonstrated by their wholehearted approach to the embracing of solar technology.

The huge roof on their Bristol site has solar panels mounted on virtually every square foot of available space, maximising the return from the sun and reducing the CO2 footprint of the business.

The bold system design, however, presents a challenge for the cleaning of the solar panels. There is very limited space to walk around the roof if manual cleaning was to be considered.  

There is very limited space to walk around the roof.

However, with our solar panel cleaning robot, this is no such issue. Wisely, the solar installers fitted some solar panels which are reinforced and clearly marked. This creates a pathway for navigating your way around the roof. However, the pathway of reinforced solar panels does not allow for safe manual cleaning of the solar panels all the way around the roof. It did, however, provide us with ample room to control our solar panel cleaning robot safely. The solar panel cleaning could be completed whilst our staff were attached to the mansafe system that is also fitted to the roof.

The mansafe system, coupled with the additional capability of the solar panel cleaning robot to clean many solar panels whilst staff are stationary, means that the safety of our staff is maximised at all times.

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The detritus build-up on site is quite unique. Amcor a black covering on the solar panels, on one half of the roof particularly, where extractor fans blow out air from inside the facility. However, the solar panel cleaning robot was able to remove all of this efficiently.

The solar panel cleaning robot was able to remove all of the dirt efficiently.

Due to the type of detritus build-up and the rate at which it accumulates on the solar panels, a bespoke solar panel cleaning schedule has been recommended to the client.

If you are located in Bristol and require a quotation for solar panel cleaning or other solar maintenance, please feel free to contact us.