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Solar Panel Cleaning Market

Solar Panel Cleaning Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Technology, by Process, by Application, by Mode of Operation : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Mohd Arbaz | Eswara Prasad
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Solar Panel Cleaning Market Research, 2031

The global solar panel cleaning market size was valued at $0.6 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $1.1 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2022 to 2031.

Solar panel cleaning is a process that removes gathered components, such as dust, bird droppings and ashes from wildfires from the panel surface. This procedure is executed to restore power conversion capability of solar panels where accumulated particles act as a blockage between the sunlight and panels. Also, different approaches are used in the process for diverse applications due to their efficiency in enhancing power output and restoring module efficiency.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market

The rising emphasis toward panel efficiency optimization, followed by increasing renewable integration across the overall energy mix will favorably stimulate the business landscape. The adoption of the service is expected to be further fueled by strict environmental regulations combined with advantageous government incentives and subsidies for the implementation of solar photovoltaic. The industrial landscape is expected to be positively impacted by the increased customer preference for environmentally friendly cleaning techniques as well as the deployment of cutting-edge technologies to remove accumulated particles effectively without damaging the modules.

Industrial and commercial solar panel cleaning systems seem to be hard to implement since water and energy sources are usually not available near the solar panels. Because they may be on rooftops, carports, or off the ground, cleaning them could be dangerous. Each installation is distinct since solar panel installers do not take cleaning into account when constructing the setup. With this cleaning system, water consumption is substantially higher, operators must be skilled, and the robots might be large and heavy, prompting the use of two to three operators. These factors are expected to hamper the global solar panel cleaning market growth.

The solar panel cleaning market analysis is segmented on the basis of technology, process, mode of operation, application, and region. On the basis of technology, it is classified into wet cleaning and dry cleaning. By process, the market is categorized into semi-automated, automated, water brushes, electrostatic, and automated robotic. On the basis of the mode of operation, the market is classified into manual and autonomous. Based on application, it is divided into residential, commercial, industrial and utility, and others. Region-wise, the market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The global solar panel cleaning market forecast profiles leading players that include, AX System, Clean Solar Solutions Ltd., Ecoppia, Ecovacs, Enel Green Power S.p.A, Heliotex, IP Cleaning Srl, Indisolar Products Private Limited, Parish Maintenance Supply, Pacific Panel Cleaners, LLC., Premier Solar Cleaning, SCM Solar, Sharp Corporation, Serbot AG, and Saint-Gobain Group.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market by Technology

By technology, the wet cleaning segment was the highest revenue contributor to the market, with $441.4 million in 2021, and is estimated to reach $868.4 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 7.1%. Low unit cost, high reliability, and easy accessibility are key characteristics enhancing product demand.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market by Process

By process, the semi-automated segment was the highest revenue contributor to the market, with $226.6 million in 2021, and is estimated to reach $448.7 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 7.1%. The semi-automated market segment will grow because of the ability to reduce high soiling rates, faster cleaning services, and minimal maintenance costs.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market by Application

By application, the industrial and utility segment was the highest revenue contributor to the market, with $255.3 million in 2021, and is estimated to reach $497.5 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 7.0%. Industrial solar power systems are increasingly used by various sectors such as textile, cement, paper, steel, chemical, dairy and ceramic industries to cut down their electricity expenses.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market by Mode of Operation

By mode of operation, the manual segment was the highest revenue contributor to the market, with $440.9 million in 2021, and is estimated to reach $862.7 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 7.0%. Manual cleaning is practical for smaller installations of up to about 5,000 rooftop panels at office parks, shopping centers, industrial, educational and medical facilities, and others. It works best for rooftop installations, those that cover many buildings with various rooftop configurations.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market by Region

By Region, Asia-Pacific was the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period.This was attributed to the adoption of PV systems is being encouraged by the implementation of several rules and regulations by the relevant governments to reduce GHG emissions, which further improve the outlook for the industry.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE GLOBAL SOLAR PANEL CLEANING INDUSTRY

  • The installation of solar panels for electricity generation, which was strongly dependent on China and India, as well as the world economy both, suffered from the health crisis brought on by the spread of COVID-19. Due to supply chain interruption and a lack of raw materials, manufacturing units were forced to shut down during the lockdown, and, in turn, negatively impacted the solar panel cleaning equipment market statistics.
  • In addition, a labor shortage caused supply chain issues in the U.S., which was a dominating country in the solar panel cleaning market, as well as a national lockdown hampered industrial progress. Further, the disruptions to transport and logistics were affected due to strict government regulations as well as nationwide lockdown, which led to a significant pause in delivering the product, rising shipment cost and price of fuel, taxes, workforce, and disruptions to shipping facilities. However, it is anticipated that sales of solar panels for power generation will increase in the next years due to elements including supportive government policies and initiatives to fulfill expanding energy demand using renewable energy sources.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the solar panel cleaning market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing solar panel cleaning market opportunities.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the solar panel cleaning market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes an analysis of the regional as well as global solar panel cleaning market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Solar Panel Cleaning Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2031

USD 1.1 billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.8%

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Forecast period

2021 - 2031

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Report Pages

265

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By Technology
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning
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By Process
  • Semi-Automated
  • Automated
  • Water Brushes
  • Electrostatic
  • Automated Robotic
  • Others
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By Application
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial and Utility
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By Mode of Operation
  • Manual
  • Autonomous
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Rest Of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest Of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest Of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

Kashgar Solbright Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd, Sharp Corporation, SunBrush mobil GmbH, Premier Solar Cleaning, LLC, Ecovacs Robotics, Sharp Corporation, Serbot AG, Saint-Gobain, kärcher türkiye, ecoppia, Parish Maintenance Supply, Solar Cleaning Machinery, Boson Robotics Ltd., Sunbrush Mobil, BladeRanger, Heliotex, Saint-Gobain Surface Conditioning, Indisolar Products Private Limited, Kashgar Solbright Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd., Clean Solar Solutions

Analyst Review

According to CXOs of leading companies, the global solar panel cleaning market is projected to exhibit high growth potential. Solar panel cleaning solutions are required because the dust on PV panel surfaces has a significant impact on energy output and can reduce efficiency by up to 50% in dusty environments.

In addition, integration of robotics and automation is facilitating key companies to manufacture automatic and semi-automatic robots, which is mainly designed for solar panel cleaning. The availability of organic compounds as an alternative to water-based cleaning methods will aid in the spread of the product. Low unit costs, great reliability, and simple accessibility are key attributes that boost product demand. The growing industrialization boosts the solar energy sector's development and enhances demand for solar panel cleaning. The CXOs further added that sustained economic growth and the development of the commercial and industrial sectors have surged the popularity of solar panel cleaning market.

Author Name(s) : Mohd Arbaz | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

The solar panel cleaning industry has been driven by the growing adoption of solar photovoltaics across the globe. Solar panel installation has been escalating as a result of the increased need for clean, sustainable energy, which is further fuelling market expansion.

Additional growth strategies, such as expansion of production capacities, acquisition, and partnership in the development of the innovative products from manufacturers have helped to attain key developments in the solar panel cleaning market trends.

The global solar panel cleaning market profiles leading players that include, AX System, Clean Solar Solutions Ltd., Ecoppia, Ecovacs, Enel Green Power S.p.A, Heliotex, IP Cleaning Srl, Indisolar Products Private Limited, Parish Maintenance Supply, Pacific Panel Cleaners, LLC., Premier Solar Cleaning, SCM Solar, Sharp Corporation, Serbot AG, and Saint-Gobain Group.

Asia-Pacific garnered the highest share of 43% in 2021, in terms of revenue, growing at a CAGR of 7.2%.

Integration of robotics and automation is facilitating key companies to manufacture automatic and semi-automatic robots, which is mainly designed for solar panel cleaning.

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Solar Panel Cleaning Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031