On average Bahrain enjoys 8 months of sunny days – but that does come with its fair share of dust weather. As a desert island, we are constantly surrounded by sand and dust.
We take steps to avoid being sandblasted. We coat our cars in protective gel before road trips. We also keep windows closed, and stay inside during dust storms. But, our PV solar panels need the protection too. Dust and other elements such as bird droppings, leaves and sand affect how your panels work – and even though our panels are made to work in extreme difficult weather conditions, care must be taken.
Solar panels left to accumulate dirt end up much less effective. Dust promotes dust, and sticky or dirty panels are no exception to this. Our Solar One panels are set to last for up to 25 years with minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning falls under this minimal maintenance.
If neglected and uncleaned; your panels will without a doubt be prone to damage above any usual wear and tear. Some studies put dust as a culprit of decreasing solar capacity of up to 32% over 8 months. Regular cleaning can save you one third of wasted energy production! Seasonal changes are sure to effect this too. With the minimal rainfall we see in Bahrain that could act as a relief to dust, you’ll need to step up the cleaning schedule.
Luckily, our solar PV panels are easy to clean. You can clean your panels yourself, or have someone do them for you. Cleaning your panels takes minimal effort. This ensures that they are working at their best capacity.
If you opt to clean your panels yourself, you need to occasionally wipe them down. You can do this just like you would a windshield. A sponge and soapy water with some rags to dry will do just fine. After particularly dusty days or sandstorms, a wipe down is especially important.
You can check if your panels need cleaning in one of two ways.
First, you can physically check them:
Go outside and have a look if they need cleaning. If so, you’ll know – they’ll be dusty. This is probably the best especially after a dust storm.
Second, you can buy a monitor:
These help to check for dust that has accumulated over time. Monitors are available that check your panel’s output capacity. They keep tabs on how much electricity they are producing. These monitors will allow for a comparison over time. First, you need to know your panel’s baseline electricity production level. When the production level dips below the baseline, you’ll know it’s time to clean your panel. This is a good option as you are able to consistently check your panel’s production levels.
In Bahrain, dust is prevalent every day. These monitors allow you to keep an eye on dust build up and clean your panels accordingly.
Solar monitoring systems also provide other valuable information. You can monitor how much energy you’ve produced, see how much CO2 emissions you’ve saved and, importantly, how much money you’ve saved.
Installing solar panels is the renewable way to power homes and businesses. Taking the time to clean your panels of dust and debris ensures that they work to their highest capacity.
In a dusty country like Bahrain, regular panel cleanings are essential. Solar One’s PV panels are built to last, with minimal upkeep and maintenance. This makes sure that you get the most for what you are paying and your panels are working at highest efficiency.