TECHNOLOGY

Solar panels dirty from Friday’s mud storm? Call in the cleaners

Feb 10, 2021, 3:14 PM | Updated: 3:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Rain does help your solar panels operate more efficiently after the storm because the water washes away any dirt, dust or pollen. However last week Utah experienced a different kind of storm.
 
As the wind kicked up so did the dust and dirt. When it snowed, the dust and dirt stuck to it like glue causing a mud storm. 
 
All over Utah, businesses and residents are cleaning up after the brown snow of last week, but the grime may also be hitting electric bills this month if you have solar panels.
 
The dirt and mud covering the solar panels can cause an interruption which directly affects their efficiency. So, residents and businesses are taking action and calling the cleaners immediately. 
 
“I never would have thought I’ve even had to clean my solar panels,” said resident Sarah Bentley. “That was pretty disgusting. It looked like someone dumped a milkshake over it or like cement almost.”

Clean your solar panels

Wash Me Solar owner, Austin Lyon, reported dirt on solar panels can cut their efficiency by as much as 20 percent. “Because of the storm, I mean we’ve got 50, 60 jobs probably on our schedule right now,” he said.
 
The Sandy company said it’s their offseason but they are out on about eight jobs a day because of Friday’s storm. “All the little dust particles cast shadows on the photovoltaic cells. So anywhere those shadows are being cast, it’s limiting the performance in those areas [of the panels],” Lyon added.
 
If you haven’t cleaned up yet, Mother Nature may help out with another storm in the forecast for Friday, bringing with it a 70 percent chance of rain. 

Today’s Top Stories

Technology

Mammogram technician Niki Keene, right,  demonstrates a mammogram on Kathy Dalton as Optum Care Net...
Kira Hoffelmeyer and Mark Jones

U of U develops a tool that can be used frequently in breast cancer diagnoses

A new tool developed by the University of Utah could allow women to get screened for breast cancer at a younger age, along with eliminating the exposure to radiation that comes with your typical mammogram.
5 days ago
VALENCIA, SPAIN - 2021/09/24: A woman shows the newly purchased iPhone 13 during the first day of s...
Rishi Iyengar, CNN Business

Apple will let iPhone users repair their own devices

Apple plans to give customers the ability to repair their own devices amid growing pressure from regulators and consumers around the world for manufacturers to ease restrictions on fixing products.
18 days ago
drone prescription deliveries...
Nick Wyatt

Intermountain Healthcare plans drone prescription deliveries

Intermountain Healthcare is teaming up with electric drone maker Zipline to make drone prescription deliveries starting in 2022.
23 days ago
space junk clearing technology...
Kate Davis

Space junk clearing technology developed by U of U researchers

Space junk clearing technology uses magnets to clear some of the 27,000 pieces of softball-sized space debris currently orbiting the earth.
1 month ago
File photo - Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures and delivers his speech during the VivaTech (V...
Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN Business

Facebook changes its company name to Meta

Facebook is changing its company name to reflect its future ambitions and confronts wide-ranging scrutiny of the real-world harms from its various platforms after a whistleblower leaked hundreds of internal documents.
1 month ago
Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles at a Hertz location.
Mandatory Credit:	Hertz...
Chris Isidore, CNN Business

Hertz is buying 100,000 Teslas

    (CNN) — Hertz is betting big on electric vehicles. It’s buying 100,000 Teslas, the largest-ever order by a single buyer. The purchase also represents the biggest move into EVs by a rental car company, by far. “Electric vehicles are now mainstream, and we’ve only just begun to see rising global demand and interest,” said Mark […]
1 month ago
Solar panels dirty from Friday’s mud storm? Call in the cleaners