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Old 05-12-2014, 07:12 AM   #1
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What product do you use for cleaning your solar panel and does anyone wax their panel?
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:39 AM   #2
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What product do you use for cleaning your solar panel and does anyone wax their panel?
Hi: ADKzookeeper... I'm not sure... but I'm going to have to learn. I would be inclined to use 303 Aerospace Protector 303 Products are the leading line of premium protectants and cleaners on the market today...but that's only a guess. Alf
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I'd just use water, wax or some other cleaner may effect it's performance.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:50 AM   #4
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REC Solar, a large installer recommends simply washing with a garden hose as long as your water is contaminant free such as hydrogen sulfide.
You can use soap and water if you wish-just use bio-degradable, non-filming soap. Don't use anything abrasive, including brush, etc., and wash panels in the early morning or early evening hours just before dusk when the panels are cool.
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I use plain water. I'd avoid any product that offers UV protection - while the UV portion of sunlight that reaches the panel is pretty low, every watt halls!
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I use plain water. I'd avoid any product that offers UV protection - while the UV portion of sunlight that reaches the panel is pretty low, every watt halls!
Jon, I am wondering about the trade off's. As the panels age, the surface of older ones I have seen seem to become somewhat cloudy. While the 303 might slightly reduce UV transmission, I'm wondering if the long term use would help prevent the clouding, which could make its use a net positive?
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Jon, I am wondering about the trade off's. As the panels age, the surface of older ones I have seen seem to become somewhat cloudy. While the 303 might slightly reduce UV transmission, I'm wondering if the long term use would help prevent the clouding, which could make its use a net positive?


I am following this closely. So far, I have just used water to clean the solar panel, but am open to new ideas.


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What product do you use for cleaning your solar panel and does anyone wax their panel?
Whatever brand of car wash I happen to be using. I do not wax or coat the panel with anything, like the windows. Makes me think of Rain-X, I do like the way water beads off of the windshield the few times I;ve used it.
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Whatever brand of car wash I happen to be using. I do not wax or coat the panel with anything, like the windows. Makes me think of Rain-X, I do like the way water beads off of the windshield the few times I;ve used it.
Bob - I had the same thought about RainX. It works great on the trailer windows, especially the rear one that seems to attract lots of dirt when traveling.
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:37 AM   #10
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I just went out to AM Solar and read the FAQs. This is what they say about cleaning:

How should I clean my solar panels?
You can clean solar panels like you would any piece of glass. Use a non-abrasive cleaning agent to avoid scratching the surface or removing the panel’s anti-reflective coating. If birds leave their mark on your panels it will be very important for you to remove the mess as the shaded portion can temporarily shut down the solar panel.

http://amsolar.com/diy-rv-solar-instructions/edfaq/
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For both the trailer solar panels, and those on our house roof, we use just water. Thoroughly wet the panels, use a wetted soft brush or cloth to agitate/loosen dirt, then rinse and squeegee. (Repeat if necessary). I have used a little dawn detergent on the trailer panel to help loosen bird residues. We do Not use anything that leaves a residue or coating on the panels. We like the sun!

Edit: result on the house is a 10-20% increase in power when removing a month's worth of dirt/dust. We're in an agricultural county, so there's dust. But if you're in an urban area, especially near industrial, you'll still have a variety of junk on the panels over time.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:25 AM   #12
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I simply wash it with water.
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