“Amaized” By Solar Panel Cleaning On Royston Grain Store

by | Mar 25, 2016 | Agricultural, Hertfordshire

Clean Solar Solutions have cleaned the solar panels on one of the biggest grain stores in the UK at Royston, Hertfordshire.  Hatchpen Farm is run by the Rand Brothers and they have invested in over 2,500 solar panels across their buildings.

Aerial view of this large agricultural solar panel array

The Rand Brothers recognised that their panels were getting dusty and output was dropping noticeably.  They contacted us and we deployed a team to clean the solar panels.  Using a large lorry mounted cherry picker, we were able to reach the solar panels and clean the solar panels safely and efficiently.

The cherry picker made access to all parts of the solar panel array much easier and safer

By using a variety of solar panel cleaning tools, we were able to provide a clear difference in both the appearance and output of the solar panels.  The front solar panels on the picture below were very obviously still to be cleaned.

The clear contrast between the panels we cleaned and the ones that were still coated in dirt

Dust is not the only issue on these solar panels.  There is also a sizeable bird population who have taken a fondness to resting on the solar panels and creating an obvious mess.

Birds were a particular issue at this location

Due to the scale of the cleaning needed for this site, the site owners need to think long term regarding their O&M costs.  Clean Solar Solutions have recommended to the farm owners that a mansafe system be fitted to the largest roof.  This will negate the need for an expensive large lorry mounted cherry picker hire on each clean.  The solar panels had not been cleaned since their install, but we have recommended a six-monthly cleaning regime which will ensure the solar panels are producing well all year round and help the array owners see their ROI sooner.  

We can synchronise the cleaning of the solar panels with the moving of the grain.  When the grain is moved, there are huge dust plumes which then settle on the solar panels and within a 24 hour period, there can be a noticable drop in output.  By liaising with the farm owners, we can be on site very soon after the grain has been moved, clean the solar panels and quickly restore the output of the solar array.  Losses of output and money will therefore be kept to a minimum.  We look forward to providing our solar panel cleaning service on this Royston farm.

Having a preventative O&M regime is fast becoming recognised by the solar industry as an essential for solar panel owners.  Many solar installers are now offering O&M packages to their clients and we are happy to partner with them to provide cleaning and bird proofing solutions.  

If you own solar panels privately, regular maintenance of your solar panels will see them run efficiently for years to come.  If you live in Royston or surrounding areas in Hertfordshire and would like more information about solar panel cleaning, please contact us.