Brown Snow Causes Problems For Solar Panel Owners
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah – Friday’s storm left cars, patio furniture, roofs and solar panels covered in dirty, brown snow, and some homeowners were wondering how to clean up the mess.
“I thought it was pretty disgusting,” South Jordan resident Toby Christensen said. “The roof is gross, I mean what am I going to do? I wonder what everyone else is doing?”
Saratoga Springs resident Sarah Bentley decided to get her solar panels professionally cleaned. The storm covered the solar panels on her south-facing roof.
Have you noticed all that dirt left behind from last week’s storm?! Just so unsightly.
There are some cleaning options for homeowners with solar panels.
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“It looked like someone had dumped a milkshake all over it or cement almost,” Bentley said.
She was one of dozens who called solar panel cleaning company Wash Me Solar in the last three days.
“Because of the storm we probably have 50-to-60 jobs on the schedule right now,” owner Austin Lyon said.
This time of year is actually their offseason. But since Saturday, the two-man team has worked eight jobs a day. Lyon said many of his clients were worried about their solar panel’s efficiency.
“All the little dust particles can cast shadows on the photovoltaic cells and the shadows cast can be limiting the performance,” Lyon said. “In certain areas, they have done studies that have shown about 20% of production can be lost.”
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