Solar system cleaning for optimum yield

Module cleaning: Service for solar parks and PV roof systems

Every year, a lot of revenue is lost in the solar industry because solar modules become dirty and therefore produce less electricity. System operators who want to avoid major losses in yield should therefore deal with soiling and have their solar systems cleaned regularly.


Consequences of dirty solar modules

The soiling problem explained

The methods of module cleaning

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What are the consequences of soiling solar modules?

Contamination can impair the efficiency of photovoltaic systems. If too much dust, bird droppings, pollen, leaves, lichen, moss or emissions from industry and agriculture accumulate, this has the same effect as shading: less light reaches the solar cells, electricity generation is reduced and the economic yields calculated by the operator are also reduced. Solid deposits such as bird droppings are also a safety risk: they can cause the solar installation to overheat and cause a fire. This is known as the "hot-spot effect".

The soiling


We explain where the soiling problem is most prevalent and what this means for the frequency of module cleaning

Difference between cleaned PV modules and non-cleaned modules

Persistent soiling frequently occurs in the vicinity of farms. The same applies to busy roads, where exhaust fumes from traffic are deposited on the photovoltaic system. In both situations, the system should be checked more frequently and an annual solar park cleaning may be necessary. In the case of low air pollution, on the other hand, it is usually sufficient to have the PV system professionally cleaned every three to five years.

Photovoltaics is also particularly problematic in desert regions. On the one hand, these regions have an advantage due to the high level of solar radiation. However, they also place special demands on the solar modules. In addition to high UV radiation, high temperatures and large temperature differences between day and night, "soiling" must be mentioned here. A particularly large amount of dust and sand is deposited on the modules, and cooling at night causes dew to form, causing the particles to literally stick to the surface. Regular solar park cleaning is particularly important in these regions.


Module cleaning solar park: What methods are available?

Dirty modules are usually cleaned mechanically, for example by manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic wiping or sweeping. However, this must be done very carefully, which is why cleaning should be carried out by professionals. Monitoring is important in order to find the optimum time for solar park cleaning and to minimise soiling effects: there are numerous soiling sensor concepts in which cleaning is carried out manually or automatically on a regular basis. Visual terrestrial or airborne inspections by drones and satellites are also possible.

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Why hire professionals to clean your solar park?


System operators should not remove soiling from the PV modules themselves, but should have it cleaned by a specialised company:

  • The solar modules are made of special glass that is coated with an invisible, ultra-fine anti-reflective layer. This can be damaged by unsuitable cleaning equipment, brushes or excessively harsh cleaning agents - this also impairs the efficiency.
  • If hot modules come into contact with cold water, solar cells, cover glass or microcracks can break.
  • System operators also risk the manufacturer's warranty if the instructions for solar cleaning are not followed exactly.
  • In the case of rooftop systems, there is also the risk of injury due to inadequate securing.
  • A specialised company can immediately check the system for technical faults and defects during the solar park cleaning and repair it if necessary. Combining cleaning and maintenance saves costs.

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Carsten Roller

Head of Operation & Maintenance


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Contact Person for Service and Maintenance at SENS

Professional cleaning of solar parks and large PV roof systems

If you want to leave photovoltaic cleaning to a professional, you are in good hands with Iqony Sens. Whether open-space photovoltaic systems or rooftop PV systems: we have partners with years of experience in the areas of photovoltaic service and maintenance. PV cleaning is naturally part of this, as are green cuttings, condition checks and repairs to damage. Our customised services ensure the highest possible performance and yield as well as a long service life for your photovoltaic system.


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