Ritec Retrospective: Solar Panels, Cypria Maris Hotel, Cyprus

Cyprus enjoys around 330 sunny days annually so solar panels installed on hotel roofs for heating water is not an uncommon sight and the Cypria Maris in the city of Paphos is no exception.

However, the hotel’s location created problems for its solar panels. First, they faced the sea, so contaminants from the sea bonding on the panels was extremely corrosive to the surface. Secondly, the dry and dusty environment meant the panels easily got dirty. The panels were therefore performing inefficiently.

ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment was subsequently applied on-site in 1988 to the panels to protect them from the dirt and contamination. After treatment, not only were the panels operating with optimum efficiency, they became easier to clean and keep clean. The frequency of having to access the roof to clean the panels was also reduced, saving time, energy and water.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

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