You’ve invested in installing solar panels and want mega efficiency and mega savings. A great way to maximise your investment is with solar panel cleaning and regular maintenance.
Experts recommend keeping your solar system clean from dust and particles, and in tip-top shape with proper maintenance, to increase your return on investment. While stats vary, some experts say this will save up to 30 per cent.
Keeping your panel system clean and maintained has other benefits too. It can, for example, save you on costly repairs.
To get the job done properly, choose an expert company with specialised experience. That’s a company with the right equipment and know-how.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a solar panel cleaning and maintenance company, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great solar panel cleaning and maintenance company?
Choosing the right solar panel cleaning and maintenance company gives you confidence that your system will perform at its best. Proper cleaning and maintenance can extend the life of your system. Glistening panels can also improve the aesthetics of your home or office.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a solar panel cleaning and maintenance company:
- Equipment and products. The best solar panel cleaning and maintenance companies have the right equipment to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Ask about their equipment. Also ask what cleaning products they use. Are they chemical-free?
- Training and experience. Choose a company with staff fully trained and experienced in cleaning and maintenance. Also, ask whether staff have been trained on height and other important safety measures.
- Competitive pricing. While you don’t want to be ripped off, expect to pay a fair price for quality work. Ask for detailed, written quotes so you get value for money. Compare pricing across several companies before selecting one.
- Licensed and insured. Getting on top of roof structures can be tricky business. Select a cleaning and maintenance company that’s licensed and properly insured. This will protect you if anything unexpected happens.
- Professional and timely. Choose a company with a friendly, respectful and professional approach. You’ll also want timely, quality service, from quoting to the final clean or maintenance.
The best solar panel cleaning and maintenance companies in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Climate Plus specialise in domestic electrical advice and are dedicated to service and repair. Their team of qualified, licensed and experienced electricians do not do installations, their specialised focus is on repairing, maintaining and increasing the longevity of a large range of key electrical products in the home - from heating, cooling, electrical, solar, hot water and more.
Locally owned and operated, Climate Plus send technicians out quickly to resolve issues promptly. They know Canberra and they know Canberra homes.
Climate Plus electricians can assist with all electrical works and safety checks. Services include switchboard upgrades and replacements, LED light upgrades and ceiling fan supply and installation. Climate Plus also installs power points, USB outlets and smoke alarms. There’s nothing the team can’t handle.
Climate Plus also supports clients with annual maintenance to help avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns. They can maintain almost all of the key items in someone’s home from heating, cooling and electrical, to solar and hot water.
Climate Plus electricians are always prompt and courteous. They keep clients informed on arrival times and are on hand to answer all questions and provide knowledgeable advice.
Appointments can be booked online. It’s quick and easy.
James Clews wrote on Google, “Gary was on time, friendly and knowledgeable. He listened (and importantly heard) our concerns about our gas heater and kept us informed of the work he was doing. The heater was fixed at a very reasonable cost. Would recommend them.”
Capital Solar Maintenance is Canberra’s only dedicated PV solar maintenance company. Led by an electrician accredited with the Clean Energy Council, the company focuses solely on preventative and corrective maintenance (not installation) of solar systems.
Services by Capital Solar Maintenance’s professional, expert and experienced team maximise system performance and efficiency. Capital Solar Maintenance works with commercial and residential systems from 1 kW to over 500 kW.
Delivering exceptional service, Capital Solar Maintenance identifies faults during cleaning and inspections that can often be rectified on the spot, saving customers time and money.
With cleaning, Capital Solar Maintenance removes dust and other debris, increasing return-on-investment. Routine inspections significantly reduce the risk of system failures and ensure peak performance of PV systems.
Capital Solar Maintenance also specialises in repairs. It assesses damage and completes repairs, minimising down time and getting systems up and running again as quickly as possible.
Founded in 2018, Capital Solar Maintenance is fully insured, and staff have height safety training. The company services the ACT and surround region.
On Facebook, Alison Elizabeth wrote, “Great experience with Capital Solar Maintenance replacing our solar inverter and switch. They are quick to respond to correspondence, professional and reliable. Very impressed and would highly recommend.”
Managing solar assets of all sizes, whether new or existing, is what Capital Solar Group is all about. Its experienced, insured and local team offers all necessary services to maintain a healthy solar system for the duration of its life. Capital Solar Group has over 30 years’ industry experience and is proactive with advice.
Tammy Bennett wrote on Google, “Fantastic people to work with. Very prompt and professional. Would highly recommend to all.”
Capital Solar Panels Cleaning supports clients to get the most out of their solar system. Its professional and efficient cleaning and maintenance services improves performance, extends life span and minimises repair costs. All staff are trained, insured and certified to work safely at heights. Cleaning is chemical free. Capital Solar Panels Cleaning uses a de-ionised water system for the best results.
Lucy Chen wrote on Google, “Excellent customer service ... arrived on time and did a good job cleaning.”
EcoKleen Solar Canberra Southeast provides quality solar panel cleaning services throughout the ACT and region. It also provides state-of-the-art thermal imaging inspections. Cleaning and maintenance services include dealing with dirt, dust and grime, all of which decrease the capacity of solar panels to work at their full potential. EcoKleen Solar’s cleaning is chemical free and only pure de-ionised water is used.
On Google, Johann Back wrote, “... quote was extremely competitive, and David provided a very high quality and professional service ...”
If you’re looking for more information on energy-efficiency measures at home or work, you might like our articles on the best solar panel installers, best solar battery installers, best commercial solar installers, best insulation installers, and best double-glazing companies Canberra has to offer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have my solar panel system cleaned and maintained?
Many solar panel cleaning and maintenance companies recommend a full inspection and clean about 12 months after installation. This should include checking electrical components. Ask your solar panel cleaning company after this check about a future cleaning and maintenance schedule.
Can I clean and maintain my solar system myself?
For your safety, and to protect your panels, it’s best to have the pros clean and maintain your system. You can DIY, but there are risks. Professionals are trained to avoid accidents and damage. They also have the right equipment, such as pressurised water-spraying gear. The best cleaning and maintenance companies know about the right cleaning materials. They also work safely, including through height safety training. And last, but not least, they’re properly insured.
Why do I need to clean my solar panels?
It’s important to keep your solar panels clean and in great shape so they’re highly effective in converting sunlight to energy. Panels filthy from dirt and debris simply can’t do the job. Indeed, some experts say dirty solar panels lose as much as 30 per cent efficiency. Another good reason to have your system cleaned is safety. Debris can also damage panels or even start a fire.
How much does it cost to have my solar panel system cleaned and maintained?
The cost for cleaning and maintaining your solar panels varies according to many factors. One is the number and size of panels you have. Another is panel location, with high buildings and harder-to-reach places more challenging.
How do I select the best solar panel company to clean and maintain my system?
To choose the best solar panel company, look for experience, qualifications, insurance and specialised cleaning equipment. Also choose a company that’s professional, timely and easy to work with. A great solar panel cleaning and maintenance company will also be proactive in providing advice.