Solar Panel Cleaning Market By Technology (Wet Cleaning {Semi-Automated, Automated, Water Brushes, Others}, Dry Cleaning {Electrostatic, Automated Robotic, Others}), By Process (Semi-Automated, Automated, Water Brushes, Electrostatic, Automated Robotic, Others), By Mode of Operation (Manual, Autonomous), By Application (Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Utility, Others) Industry Analysis Report, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025

Published Date: Oct 2019  |  Report ID: GMI4397  |  Authors: Ankit Gupta, Abhigyan Tathagat

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 380   |   Base Year: 2018

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Solar Panel Cleaning Market size was valued at over USD 480 million in 2018 and is set to grow over 14% up to 2025.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market

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Solar panel cleaning is the process of removing accumulated particles including atmospheric dust, bird droppings, ashes from wildfires and other debris from the panel surface. The process is adopted to improve the power conversion capability of these modules as these agents act as obstruction to the sunlight falling on the panels. These methods are utilized across almost all the applications owing to their effectiveness in enhancing panel efficiency and therefore providing high power output. The study includes a detailed analysis of solar panel cleaning scenario in various countries & regions on the basis of solar panel installations across residential, commercial, industrial & utility applications and associated factors that influence the demand for these services. Moreover, the estimates and forecasts are aligned with data represented by governing authorities including the IEA, IRENA, EIA, NREL, associated company press releases and regional regulatory bodies.

Solar panel cleaning market will witness substantial growth on account of growing emphasis toward optimizing solar panel efficiency along with measures to improve reliability on non-fossil-based energy generation. Growing measures to reduce the environment burden favored by government policies & incentives to promote the deployment of solar PV will fuel the service adoption. For instance, in India, priority sector loans of USD 2.1 million is provided for solar energy projects.

Ongoing technological advancements in the cleaning technologies including the emergence of drone & robotic systems in conjunction with efforts reduce the soiling losses will propel the industry dynamics. Continuously declining trend in the price of solar modules is leading to growing adoption of solar energy sources for power generation, thereby complementing the industry outlook. In addition, accelerating investments toward clean energy aligned with increasing regulatory measures to reduce carbon footprint will positively influence the business scenario.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018 Market Size in 2018: USD 480 Million
Historical Data for: 2014 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2025
Forecast Period 2019 to 2025 CAGR: 14% 2025 Value Projection: 1,235 Million (USD)
Pages: 380 Tables, Charts & Figures: 688
Geographies covered (35): U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Norway, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile
Segments covered: Technology (Wet Cleaning {Semi-automated, Automated, Water Brushes, Others}, Dry Cleaning {Electrostatic, Automated Robotic, Others}), Process (Semi-automated, Automated, Water Brushes, Electrostatic, Automated Robotic, Others), Mode of operation (Manual, Autonomous), Application (Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Utility)
Companies covered (15): Ecoppia, Serbot AG, Nomadd, Clean Solar Solutions Ltd, Heliotex, Kashgar Solbright Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd, BladeRanger, Solar Service Professionals, Indisolar Products Private Limited, SunBrush mobil GmbH, Premier Solar Cleaning, LLC, Sharp Corporation, Karcher, Saint-Gobain, UT Pumps & Systems Private Limited
Growth Drivers:
  • Positive outlook toward solar energy
  • Declining overall solar PV cost
  • Growing solar PV installations
  • Favorable government initiatives
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Lack of consumer inclination toward module cleaning across residential establishments

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Significant growth in solar panel installation across arid areas

Europe Solar Panel Cleaning Market, By Dry Cleaning

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Wet solar panel cleaning market will witness growth on account of delivering effective cleaning in high soiling conditions thereby providing considerable improvement in power generation. Furthermore, improvement in the water-based cleaning techniques in line with rising focus toward utilization of organic chemicals will foster the technology adoption.

Significant increase in the solar panel installations across the arid areas coupled with increasing scarcity of water resources across all corners of the world will drive the dry solar panel cleaning technology growth. In addition, rising focus toward water conservation techniques along with enhanced emphasis toward the development of ecofriendly cleaning methods will propel the industry outlook.

Growing focus toward water conservation techniques

Growing focus toward water conservation techniques

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Increasing utilization of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, & machine learning along with growing demand for efficient & eco-friendly operations will propel the autonomous solar panel cleaning market. Moreover, extensive suitability across mega solar power generation facilities located in high temperature remote areas having labor intensive operations will provide a thrust to industry growth.

Ability to curb high soiling rates, offer potential savings in vehicle & labor cost and faster cleaning coupled with the propensity to conserve billion liters of water over the lifetime of solar plant will boost the dry type automated robotic cleaning market. Integration of artificial intelligence & cloud computing has allowed these systems to operate in accordance to the weather conditions, thus fueling their adoption.

Increasing efforts to reduce dependency on labor intensive operations

Manual solar panel cleaning market was valued over 64 million in 2018. Ability to provide highly precise & effective cleaning, when compared to its available alternatives along with high suitability across residential & small commercial applications will stimulate the industry growth. Enhanced efforts to perform sustainable operations through the utilization of rainwater and other organic chemicals will spur the product adoption.

Ongoing technological advancements including the integration of cloud-based platform enabling scalable & remote management will fuel the adoption of autonomous cleaning services. These operations are performed via trained professional and limit the manual labor requirements for positioning the device, hence providing effective cleaning while reducing the water usage. Immediate usability, low financial impact and ease of operation are some of the vital parameters that will spur the service adoption.

Rapidly expanding global acceptance of solar mega programs

Increasing demand for sustainable energy infrastructure along with continuously declining solar panel cost will boost the adoption of solar panel cleaning across commercial applications. regulatory mandates & reforms toward zero emission buildings in line with massive expansion potential of solar technologies will propel the industry dynamics. Moreover, enhanced emphasis toward financial savings, reducing carbon footprint, and maintaining a stable power output will provide a thrust to the industry growth.

Ambitious government targets to encourage energy optimization coupled with efforts to minimize the dependency on coal-based power generations will increase the deployment of large-scale solar PV, thereby driving the industry growth. Increasing number of large-scale solar installations in dry climates, near agricultural farms or coastal areas experience extremely high soiling loss and requires frequent cleaning, hence driving the industry share.

Government incentives & subsidies to promote the installation of solar PV

North America Solar Panel Cleaning Market, By Country

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Massive solar potential across the region coupled with substantial political support with an aim to create long term stable market will positively influence the Middle East & Africa solar panel cleaning industry. In addition, extreme climatic conditions including low average precipitation, high temperatures, frequent sand & dust storms leading to increased soiling losses will enhance the service adoption.

Favorable government support programs, renewable integration targets, feed-in tariffs, net-metering, investment subsidies, and similar regulatory reforms have significantly nourished the Asia Pacific industry outlook. Moreover, the continuous decline in solar PV prices driven by technological advancements in the solar cells is stimulating PV deployment, thus directly influencing the industry growth. According to IRENA, the cost of installing solar PV projects was declined by around 80% in India between 2010 to 2018.

Enhanced emphasis toward effective & fast operations to remain the focal point in the technology development

Prominent players catering to the solar panel cleaning market comprise of Ecoppia, Premier Solar Cleaning, Solar Service Professional, Saint Gobain, Miraikikai, Clean Solar Solutions, Pacific Panel Cleaners, Indisolar Products, Sharp, Solbright, Solar Cleaning Machinery, amongst others.

The industry players are focusing on providing water free cleaning operations that reduces the risk of damaging the panels and utilizing biodegradable cleaning concentrates. Furthermore, the players are strategizing to improve the peak panel performance and lowering the levelized cost of energy. The trends of utilizing drones & robots with increasing integration of artificial intelligence & advanced robotics is becoming a key strategy.

Industry Background

Solar panel cleaning involves the utilization of various cleaning techniques including semi-automated, automated, electrostatic, water brushes, robots & drones to remove various agents accumulated on the panels. The process is performed through manual or autonomous methods based on the installation of solar panels. For instance, residential & small commercial solar panel owners prefer self-cleaning or in rare cases, hire professional to perform the operations in order to avoid the risk of damage to the panels. However, rising focus toward effective and quick panel cleaning along with the emergence of advanced robotics has prompted the large scale industrial & utility panel owners to adopt autonomous techniques.

Solar panel cleaning market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of “USD” from 2019 to 2025, for the following segments:

By Technology

  • Wet Cleaning
    • Semi-automated
    • Automated
    • Water brushes
    • Others
  • Dry Cleaning
    • Electrostatic
    • Automated Robotic
    • Others

By Process

  • Semi-automated
  • Automated
  • Water brushes
  • Electrostatic
  • Automated Robotic
  • Others

By Mode of Operation

  • Manual
  • Autonomous

By Application

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial & Utility
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional & country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Austria
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Denmark
    • Sweden
    • Ukraine
    • Russia
    • Norway
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Qatar
    • Kuwait
    • Turkey
    • South Africa
    • Nigeria
    • Algeria
    • Egypt
    • Israel
    • Jordan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Chile

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market for solar panel cleaning surpassed USD 480 million in 2018.
World solar panel cleaning industry will register over 14% CAGR from 2019 to 2025.
Growing demand for optimizing solar power output will be key driving factors for the growth of solar panel cleaning industry worldwide.

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