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Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market - By Application (Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Utility), By Technology (Wet Cleaning, Dry Cleaning), Regional Insights & Global Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5744
  • Published Date: May 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Size

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market size valued at 842.35 million in 2022 and is estimated to register over 8% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. On account of its effectiveness and utilization to improve solar energy production. The arrays are exposed to various external agents including dust, debris, bird droppings, acids rain, and pollution that cause a gradual degradation of modules and decrease their productivity. The phenomenon is highly common, especially in the regions experiencing a low precipitation rate, high rate of sandstorms, and soil erosion that will favour the adoption of these services. The global solar panel cleaning industry is likely to surpass USD 1 billion by 2026.

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market

Favourable policy measures including rebates, tax incentives, and subsidies provided by the government of respective regions have led to immense rise in the installation of solar modules in the past recent years. Furthermore, the cost of installing solar declined largely, leading the automated solar panel cleaning market to expand business and deploy many solar arrays around the world. The cleaning & maintenance is offered as a part of contracting services and has galloped ahead in recent years owing to rapid advancements in cleaning technologies.

COVID- 19 Impact on Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market

The developed regions are focusing on over-compensating the impacts of COVID - 19 by advancing the operations as the opportunity arises, in turn, resulting in gradual market growth. The companies are adopting creative & resourceful methods to recruit workforce with an aim to meet their production and services requirement. These companies are negotiating with local governments for permission to send chartered buses & airplanes to transport back the workforce from remote areas.

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Trends

The growing adoption of solar energy and the rising demand for energy-efficient devices will have a huge impact on the solar panel cleaning service market. Ongoing government regulations on curbing carbon & other harmful emissions will boost automated solar panel cleaning market. Various countries around the world are taking initiatives toward the installation of solar energy systems and integrating RE systems into their infrastructure to reach a 100% RE mix. Majority of the emerging economies have initiated investments in the installation of large-scale solar systems, paving the way for other service industries to grow at a significant rate.

The increasing energy demand combined with large-scale urbanization across Latin America will facilitate the integration of a sustainable transmission infrastructure. Rising investments from public & private entities to enhance the domestic power industry along with the positive consumer outlook toward solar installations will drive the automated solar panel cleaning market dynamics. Rapid commercial expansion coupled with cross-border interconnection measures has further instituted a favourable business scenario.

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Analysis

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Size, By Technology, 2021 – 2032 (USD Million)

The wet cleaning process utilizes de-mineralized water and certain chemicals for its operations and is exhibiting a steady market acceptance due to its effectiveness for cleaning panels with high soiling. The technology has been in the cleaning industry since the advent of solar panels and are highly adopted across residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. It is the leading technology owing to its efficient cleaning operations, resulting in considerable improvement in power generation. However, the growing concerns toward water scarcity across almost every corner of the world and ongoing measures to limit water wastage have shifted the focus toward improvised methods that optimize its usage.

In some areas, water accessibility is severely limited and can be procured at high costs. In addition, water-based cleaning is prohibited by local authorities as it puts a strain on groundwater supplies in the long run, providing a thrust to the automated solar panel cleaning market growth. The substantial growth of this technology is further attributed to the ongoing advancements including the introduction of portable robots, drones, and high voltage-based systems that will streamline and improve the overall maintenance of solar panels.

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Share, By Application, (2022)

The solar panel cleaning services across industrial and utility scale solar installations have significantly been influenced by government targets & mandates in line with COP 21 & COP 24 and energy optimization. The growing emphasis toward curtailing emissions from power generating plants and large industries poses a huge potential for solar PV deployment that will drive automated solar panel cleaning market. The emphasis of industries and utilities is growing toward water-free technologies that will cost-effectively maximize the performance of these installations.

Additionally, the use of advanced monitoring units to evaluate the plant performance together with rising concerns to increase the use of non-fossil-based power generation will foster the business growth. Large scale solar farms that are in operations for a few years do not provide optimal power output, causing problem for the farm owners. Facilities located in dry climates or near coastal areas, agricultural land, volcanoes, industrial areas or bird flight paths experience immediate output loss owing to contaminant accumulation on panels.

Asia Pacific Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

Asia Pacific automated solar panel cleaning market size exceeded USD 1.4 billion by 2032. China is one of the largest investors in clean energy across the world and is on pace to make considerable solar capacity additions in the coming years. The nation has observe appreciable growth in distributed solar projects led by Jinko Solar and Trina Solar. The rapid solar deployment has created growing grid congestion issues. The economic state witnessed a deterioration in 2015. Subsidies and production curtailment continue to hinder the China solar industry.

Despite the appreciable solar irradiance, a few regions are yet to adopt solar technology. The Middle East subject to high-end dependency on conventional generation units along with Africa lacking in effective grid infrastructure and investments initially faced issues in renewable adoption. Similarly, the growing awareness across the globe coupled with the rising environmental constraints has compelled regulators across the region to adopt sustainable energy networks in recent years.

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Share

The key industry participants operating across the automated solar panel cleaning market are:

  • Ecoppia
  • Boson Robotics Ltd.
  • BladeRanger
  • Indisolar Products Private Limited
  • Heliotex
  • SunBrush mobil GmbH, LLC
  • Sharp Corporation
  • Karcher
  • Premier Solar Cleaning
  • UT Pumps & Systems Private Limited
  •  Saint-Gobain Surface Conditioning 

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Industry News

  • In March 2023, Ecoppia entered into a partnership with Matrix Renewables, a renewable energy platform backed by TPG Rise. As per the agreement, Ecoppia's robotic cleaning solutions will be implemented in four Matrix Renewables projects. This will also mark the first project for Ecoppia in Spain. Moreover, the company will deploy two robotic models - the Ecoppia H4 and Ecoppia T4 - which are water resistant and safe for cleaning solar modules and structures. In addition, Ecoppia will also be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the robotic fleet for the lifetime of the projects. This strategic agreement will reinforce its market position across Europe region.

This automated solar panel cleaning market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in Million USD Million from 2019 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Application

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial & Utility

By Technology

  • Wet Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning

The above information has been provided for the following regions and country:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Egypt
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Chile


Authors: Ankit Gupta, Riya Gupta

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of automated solar panel cleaning was worth more than USD 842 million in 2022 and could surpass USD 1.8 billion by 2032 with favorable policy instruments such as rebates, subsidies, and tax incentives for renewable energy use.

Industrial & utility applications hold over 71% share of automated solar panel cleaning market, as more governments look to cut down on emissions from power generating plants and leading industries begin to adopt solar PV to meet energy requirements.

The share of wet cleaning technology in automated solar panel cleaning business is growing due to advantages such as more efficient cleaning operations which could help enhance power generation.

APAC market for automated solar panel cleaning is expected to reach USD 1.4 billion by 2032, with considerable increase in solar PV deployment in emerging economies and presence of abundant resources in many nations.

Automated Solar Panel Cleaning Market Scope

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