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Jon Grainger

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Jon Grainger

Found this belter of a photo (attached) on solar-panel-cleaning.com while I can't sleep.

 

From what I can see, the gloves being worn are similar to these https://www.justworkgloves.co.uk/Specialist-Gloves/Electricians-Gauntlets?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_feed_or_listings&pl=STD&gclid=Cj0KEQjw9JuuBRC2xPG59dbzkpIBEiQAzv4-G2Gowvn6JHsEeOqwMPbA7KB2JSQMir6u_8yuIxqbYvMaAgYi8P8HAQ, which will protect up to 1000volts!

 

I have cleaned panels and even solar farms with 500+ panels, with no problem at all. I recently was given a new pair of similar gloves by a buddy of mine who is a spark, and has loads lying around his garage. Haven't tried them yet, but will keep them on the van.

 

Looking at the pole and brush, nothing special as far as I can see, full CF pole, and what looks to be a soft brush. I use a wide sill brush as it gives a mint clean on the panels.

 

Thank me later for saving £200-odd on Steve's training course ;)

Jon

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Jake

Spot on mate, any rubber gloves from electrical stores will do, and yeah, they don't do anything different to anyone else, basically it's just a gimmick for Steve to make more money and get people working for him, solar panels are 100% water proof, so nothing to worry about, unless they are badly damaged, in which case anyone would be in trouble, weather they've done a course it not!

 

I believe the bloke in the photo is using a Gardiner Xtreme pole...

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TolishAPurd

Sorry guys, but I think you are both missing the point here.

 

....you get a free t shirt :thumbsup:

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Dodger

Yes tolish but if you stop working for him you have to give the t shirt back in as new condition.

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TolishAPurd
Yes tolish but if you stop working for him you have to give the t shirt back in as new condition.

I'll fight to keep that. I got into this job so I could wear someone elses brand on my chest....THEY'LL NEVER TAKE IT FROM ME, NEVER I TELL YOU!!!! :mad: I'll fight with all my might....hmmm....although the arthritis in my arms from scrubbing all those panels day in day out might slow me down a bit.:(

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Jon Grainger

If @Solar Steve wants a sweaty shirt back, he would be welcome to it :)

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

Do you ever get that feeling of Déjà vu?

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

Do you ever get that feeling of Déjà vu?

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Guest SolarPanelCleaning

I had a job come through from SS yesterday that pays far more than the cost of the training day.

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Guest Solar Steve

Mock all you like boys. One guy has earned over £10k from us since April. Another has earned over £4k in a month. Both of those figures are more than some of you earn in that timeframe. Oh, don't tell me, you are all on £10k p/m window cleaning aren't you? But that ain't none of my business.

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Guest Solar Steve

@Jon Grainger if you're awake and on our website at 12:15am, you prove yourself to be both interested in what we do and how we do it. You know there's no better place to find out about solar panel cleaning than our website. I will take whatever follows on this thread as a compliment.

 

Thank you for raising awareness of our company again.

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Guest Solar Steve

I just need a date from you @SolarPanelCleaning and we are good to go.

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Jake

@Solar Steve is there guaranteed work at the end of your courses? What do you do? Just phone the subbys and tell them when and where to clean?

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Jon Grainger

Ah @Solar Steve, how wrong you were! I was actually on holiday in Barbados for a few days, so the time was 7:15pm in the evening. I was sitting in a beachfront bar, drinking a Caipirinha over crushed ice, whilst my wife was having an evening swim.

 

Funnily enough, that holiday came about because of massive solar panel cleaning contract I secured a few weeks back, for a solar farm. So I surprised my wife with two plane tickets for a week in the sun, on our favourite island, just 8 weeks after we had been on honeymoon.

 

Here is a photo below, of said evening, taken approx 6:15pm, just so you know I'm not winding you up.

 

But no, I don't think your website is the best place to find out about solar panel cleaning, because there is nothing of any value on there. Else you wouldn't be charging for a training course

 

May I say, in all fairness, those prices earned are extremely impressive, well done on getting those contracts.

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Guest Solar Steve
@Solar Steve is there guaranteed work at the end of your courses? What do you do? Just phone the subbys and tell them when and where to clean?

See from the above post @Jake we REQUEST a date from the subcontractor to suit them.

 

There is no guarantee of work, but out of the 60-odd people who have attended, all apart from my guy in NI and Scotland have had jobs from us.

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Jake

And what is average payment like @Solar Steve?

 

Also when searching solar panel cleaners in my area, my company is one under yours, and I pick up a lot of solar panel work, I also feature first on google maps ranking, so we are effectively sharing 50/50 business, so if I were to collaborate with you, we would effectively almost be guaranteed the work every time. But what would be in it for me? This is the big question, as we get a lot of solar panel work as it is...?

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Guest Solar Steve

It's really straightforward @Jake . You generate leads through your own site, but get leads from our site as well that are in your area. That's what's in it for you. More work.

 

But we are not sharing 50/50 more business. On average, my website will get 30% more clicks than yours. That's the latest Google stat for P1 R1 as against P1 R2.

 

Plus we are a nationally recognised brand now.

 

Payments we have made to single companies this month have varied from £30.00 to over £4k.

 

You may well get a lot of solar jobs, but my big question is 'Are you cleaning them safely?' If you have employees or casual labour, it is all the more important. Out of 60+ people who have attended the course, not one has got the health and safety correct. Based on that, I'm guessing you don't either. That's a big difference between us and other companies too.

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Jake

@Solar Steve

 

Right ok, it seems fair enough, is north Essex/south Suffolk covered?

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Guest MrBump

Solarsteve, you said out of 60 people on your course no-one has got the health and safety right. How do you know you have? I mean who trained you, is there some kind of solar panel cleaning certification or was it the manufacturers or someone else?

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Right ok, it seems fair enough, is north Essex/south Suffolk covered?

@Jake what town do you operate from? We have some areas near you that are not covered.

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Solarsteve, you said out of 60 people on your course no-one has got the health and safety right. How do you know you have? I mean who trained you, is there some kind of solar panel cleaning certification or was it the manufacturers or someone else?

@MrBump thats a question I've answered loads of times before on threads on this forum. If you have a read of them, you'll find my answer.

 

The first 20 mins of the training day is entitled: "Steve Williams - Who Do You Think You Are? Who Trained You?" I explain why I feel I have every reason to be qualified to train others even though I don't have a formal qualification. Not one person has challenged me on that who has attended the day.

 

Word has spread about the training course and my own knowledge about solar panel cleaning within the UK solar industry and further afield. It is likely I will be hosting a solar panel cleaning training and information seminar in both Australia and South Africa before the end of the year.

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Jake

@Solar Steve Colchester, but very near Ipswich and surrounding towns in south Suffolk and all of North Essex..

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@Solar Steve Colchester, but very near Ipswich and surrounding towns in south Suffolk and all of North Essex..

@Jake we have some of that available.

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Guest MrBump

SolarSteve how about the Dorset area?

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