Solar panels are constructed of energy producing photovoltaic cells and are protected by a glass covering. They are installed outside on rooftops, on top of covered parking lots or in open fields. Being exposed to the outside elements, it’s likely that soil, grime, dust, insects, algae, moss, bird droppings and any other blowing debris can cover the protective glass layer. This obstructs the ability of the sun’s rays to reach the photovoltaic cells and can reduce the energy collection capability of the solar panel by up to twenty-five percent.
Basically, they get dirty and need to be cleaned so that they can work properly. Solar panels should be cleaned regularly according to the area and climate in which they are installed. Cleaning a solar panel isn’t too difficult; however, it is better left to a professional. A professional solar panel cleaner will have the necessary equipment to clean them safely and without damage to the fixtures.
Solar panel cleaners are a part of a growing industry. Professional solar panel cleaners require little training, but have the proper technique to safely remove the dirt and grime to keep solar panels clean. People who clean solar panels find themselves in a business that often has very low competition and lots of room for growth. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, one of the necessary considerations is start-up costs, when contemplating the start of a new business.
Start-up costs can include:
- Equipment(panel cleaning brushes, telescoping poles)
- Office and Bookkeeping Set-up(Computers, Website, Phone, Software)
- Local and State license fees
- Proper equipment is vital to start your Solar Panel Cleaning business. A good place to start for more information on solar panel cleaning equipment is our article on the Solar Panel Cleaning Pure Water Cleaning System.
There are no standard fees for solar panel cleaning services. Often, it depends on several factors such as the distance you must travel to get to the site where the panels are installed. A good starting point is around $125 within ten miles or less and a fee per panel.
The more panels there are, the cheaper the rate per panel. The per-panel charge ranges from three dollars to twenty dollars, depending on their location, how high they are situated or how difficult they are to reach with your cleaning equipment.
Each year, more home owners and businesses are installing solar panels to reduce their ongoing energy bills. These solar panels will need to be on a regular inspection and cleaning schedule. Cleaning solar panels looks like a business with low start-up costs and a huge growth potential for many years to come. If you’re a hard worker with a goal to be your own boss, it might be an opportunity worth pursuing.
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