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Eco Shine Solar was founded and is operated by 3 brothers from the Bay of Plenty!
We use a pure water system to clean your solar panels, free of nasty chemicals.
We are trained and certified to conduct our work safely on residential solar systems.
We have over 15 years of combined experience in the Solar industry.
Eco Shine Solar has been providing solar panel cleaning and maintenance services to Rotorua for over 7 years!
At Eco Shine Solar, we understand the importance of maintaining your solar panels to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Neglecting your solar panels can lead to a build-up of dirt, dust, lichen, and sulphur which can affect their efficiency and output. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing high-quality maintenance services, including cleaning, bird-proofing, and inspections to help you get the most out of your solar system.
With an average annual solar radiation of around 1,400 kWh/m², Rotorua has plenty of sunshine throughout the year, making it an ideal location for solar energy production.
Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner in Rotorua, investing in solar energy can have a positive impact on your bottom line and the environment. By generating your own clean energy, you can reduce your reliance on the national grid and lower your energy bills. At Eco Shine Solar, we’re here to help you get the most out of your solar system investment with our comprehensive cleaning and maintenance services.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you maintain your investment in solar energy.
Eco Shine Solar is owned and operated by three brothers, Edwin, Sam, and Ben. All born and raised in the Bay of Plenty with a love for adventure and the outdoors.
Out of high school, we pursued a career in professional sports, representing New Zealand in beach volleyball and picking up a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Transferring our work ethic from the sand to the roofs has come naturally. Our goal is to be New Zealand’s leading solar maintenance company, helping everyday Kiwis get the most from their solar PV investment.
Having your solar panels cleaned regularly can improve their efficiency by up to 30%. A maintenance plan will ensure your panels are producing clean green energy for your household while looking great on your roof!
Over time dust, dirt, and other particulates can cause damage to your panels, wiring and seals. We make sure to conduct a thorough check of your system each time we clean to identify and fix any potential issues before they become a problem.
Dirty solar panels not only look bad but lose you money! Regular cleaning results in lower electricity bills and cost savings over time. Not to mention regular cleaning can also lead to cost savings by reducing the need for repairs or replacements.
Ben shows how we clean a residential solar system, from setting up our pure water system to going through our maintenance check and outlining a couple of common issues we see impacting your solar system’s output. After this clean, we saw a 21% increase in system output.
We arrive, conduct a solar system and safety check, and get stuck in removing all the dirt and grime from your panels!
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The frequency of cleaning residential solar panels in New Zealand depends on several factors, such as the location of your home and the amount of debris that accumulates on the panels. As a general rule, it’s recommended to clean residential solar panels at least once a year in New Zealand to ensure optimal performance.
If your home is located in an area with high levels of pollution or dust, or if there are trees nearby that drop leaves or other debris onto your solar panels, you may need to clean them more frequently. In some cases, it may be necessary to clean them every 3-6 months to keep them operating at their best.
The core factor of any professional solar panel cleaning service is pure water. Solar panels are prone to staining from mineralisation. New Zealand water supplies, be they council, tank, or bore, can all have heavy mineralisation content. There are many methods of making pure water, but none better than Reverse Osmosis. Many panel manufactures warranties exclusively state that pure water must be produced via RO/DI. Pure water produced through less sophisticated filtering methods such as deionization will still contain some heavy minerals. Most importantly, silica, which is responsible for the nasty white chalky stains to which many New Zealanders are accustomed.
Curious how heavy your water supply is? Ask us on the job, and we can easily test and then show you the difference once it has passed through our RO/DI filter.
We use a range of synthetic and natural fibre brush heads, all specifically made for solar panels. Our lichen removal process is performed manually with special tools specifically designed for solar panels.
Depending on the angle, some solar arrays can be accessed from the ground. In most cases, ladder access and the use of a harness and anchoring point are the most practical options. Difficult pitches or large commercial buildings require an EWP.
Yes, you can, but there are some factors you should consider first.
Firstly, are you aware of the risk of electrocution? Are you aware of which parts of the PV system are most likely to electrocute you?
Some steps you can take to minimise the risk of electrocution are as follows:
– Doing a pre-visual inspection to ensure there are no cracked panels or damaged wires.
– Cleaning when the system is producing low amounts of electricity. For example, on a cloudy day or late in the afternoon.
– Wearing rubber-insulated gloves and footwear, plus not using any cleaning equipment that is a good conductor of electricity.
Now that you’re ready to clean, please consider the main factors that can permanently damage your PV modules and void your warranty. Brushes that are too rough, insufficient water flow, the use of chemicals, water containing high mineral content (heavy water), or the use of pressure washers/water blasters.
If you do opt to clean your own solar panels, we urge you to first read your panel manufacturer’s warranty. Cleaning guidelines are clearly outlined and will help you maintain your warranty and protect the longevity of your solar system.
Finally, please stay safe!
The weather in New Zealand, particularly heavy rainfall and wind, can help keep solar panels clean. However, panels will still eventually become dirty due to dust, bird droppings, pollen, and other environmental factors.
Lichen, moss, and mold are big issues given New Zealand’s geographical location. Regular cleaning is the only way to ensure optimum performance and protect against harmful environmental factors.
Yes, dirty solar panels can affect their performance and efficiency. Dirt, dust, pollen, lichen, moss, mold, and bird droppings can reduce the amount of light that reaches the panels, which in turn can reduce their output.
Regular cleaning can help maintain the efficiency of the panels and ensure they are working at optimal levels. An extremely important byproduct of regular cleaning is ensuring the solar system reaches its full lifespan. A system left to its own devices will eventually be host to lichen, moss, and mold. These can permanently damage the seals and cells. Leaving the modules susceptible to moisture ingress and hot spots.