So I did my first solar panel maintenance over the weekend. My panels have been installed since the end of last November so I lasted almost exactly six months. So what happened?
I don’t know if the pollen was always like this or not but it seems that the last few years it has really been excessive. I was at my son’s Ultimate Frisbee tournament out in Greenfield and after one particularly strong breeze there was a huge cloud of pollen the size of a three-story building coming off the trees. In any case, my panels had a coating of yellow on them along with the cars, the roof, the driveway, even the windowsills.
I guess I could’ve waited until the next rain, but I didn’t know when that was coming and there was enough sun that I didn’t want to waste a good day, especially after a rainy May. So I got the hose out and after rinsing down the cars (which my daughter was nice enough to finger-draw on) turned it onto my rooftop panels. I’ve got 12 panels on one roof face and 9 on another and it took me about 10 minutes to rinse off both arrays.
So not a lot of maintenance, but these are solar panels – there is no maintenance. 10 minutes in 6 months? Certainly worth it to take care of myself rather than have some leasing company do it as part of their otherworldly fee. Besides which, I doubt they would even take care of something like pollen. But I don’t really know – maybe they would make a trip out just for that. Who knows?