Spring is here!

Wait…did you catch that? We’ll say it again for the folks in the back. Look alive, people.


Okay, so we’re a little excited over at Solar Sam headquarters, but we know you’re just as ready for warmer weather as we are. We might even be begging our boss to let us install a BBQ grill in our office breakroom…but, we digress…

This past winter was a rough one, and that might actually be good news for your solar panels. More on that in a bit. But first, let’s talk spring.

The season of new beginnings has finally made its way to the Midwest, and with it, spring cleaning is likely on your mind. Cleaning your bathtub is a great idea, but your solar panels could probably use a scrub as well.

But wait! Before you add yet another thing to your to-do list, you should know that solar panel cleaning is as easy as 1-2-3 when you’re a Solar Sam family member. Read on to learn more.

What in the World is Solar Panel Cleaning?

Solar panels are actually mostly self-cleaning. However, bird droppings, dust, and oil can settle on the panels, creating a layer of grime that reduces their efficiency over time.

Solar panel cleaning is just what it sounds like. Power to the panels is turned off, and the panels are cleared of any loose debris and dirt. Then they’re cleaned thoroughly with non-abrasive cleaning agents and tools. Finally, power is restored, and you’re back in business.

Why Do Solar Panels Need to Be Cleaned?

Sitting outside year-round, solar panels can get grimy. Like everything else, they need to be cleaned at least annually, in order to maintain maximum efficiency. Dirty solar panels don’t catch the sun as effectively as they could if they were clean. And energy efficiency is what solar power is all about!

Why is Snow a Good Thing for Solar Panels?

First things first, NEVER clear snow off your solar panels! Allow nature to take its course; snow will melt off on its own. Brooms, shovels, and other tools you might use to clear snow can easily damage solar panels. Not to mention, snow is actually quite helpful—it helps to clean your panels!

Even when snow-covered, your panels are still collecting and converting solar power. And when the snow melts and slides off the panels, voila! Instant, nature-powered solar panel cleaning!

Nature does a great job, but what if your panels still need a good scrub? You may be wondering…

How Do I Clean My Solar Panels?

That’s such an easy answer. You don’t.

Because we will!

Though it sounds easy enough to DIY, solar panel cleaning is quite a detailed process. There are delicate and high-tech components, plus high-quality glass to be mindful of. It can also be dangerous with climbing, slip, trip, and fall hazards, and mixing electricity and water. It’s best left to a trained professional.

Please do not try to clean your panels yourself!

That being said, we will clean your panels once a year at no additional cost to you for the first three years that you own your Solar Sam system. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to get it done this spring or anytime:

  1. Call us in advance at 833-RU-SOLAR (833-787-6527) or email us.
  2. We’ll work with you to schedule a solar panel cleaning. Again, it’s totally free* for the first three years you own your system!
  3. We come out and clean your panels while you nap. Or watch. Or taunt us with BBQ.

You deserve a break. So, fire up the grill, and let us handle one item from your spring-cleaning list. We’ve got your professional solar panel cleaning covered!

Life’s a Bit Easier When You’re Part of the Solar Sam Fam

When you buy a solar power system from us, we consider you to be part of the Solar Sam family. And we take care of our family around here.

That’s one reason we offer free* annual solar panel cleanings for the first three years that you own your system when you buy from us. Also, it’s a good idea to get your solar panels checked annually. While we’re cleaning your panels, we will also check things over to make sure the system is providing you with optimal power and performance.

Whether you’re a residential, commercial, or agricultural customer, we’re here to help power your life with energy run by the sun!


*3 Years of Free Solar Panel Cleanings Within 1 hour of Columbia, Missouri