Windex disinfectants and washing machines cleaner have become a staple for millions of American homes, but the cleaner can also cause problems when it rains.
Now the US Department of Energy (DOE) has warned that the cleaning machines have become one of the world’s biggest financial losses.
The cleaner is made by Windex, a US-based company that was bought by American Solar in 2011 for $13bn.
Windex claims it will sell more than 1.5m units of cleaning machines, washing machines, air conditioners and dryers, which could make it the world market leader in this sector, the DOE said in a statement.
The DOE said the cleaning equipment could be used to treat sewage, and it would be used on the roofs of homes and buildings to reduce dust particles and water runoff.
The cleaning machines and other equipment are designed to be reused or recycled, the statement said.
The company was purchased by AmericanSolar in 2011.
The sale of Windex came after the DOE warned that its cleaning equipment was a risk to national security.
In September 2016, the US Air Force began testing its X-10 air-conditioner cleaner, the first batch of which had been delivered to the military.
The Air Force said it would test the cleaning system on a portion of its fleet of US Army vehicles and test its effectiveness in the field.
The US Department for the Interior said on Monday that it had ordered more than 2.4m X-15 cleaning machines to be tested by the Air Force.
While the cleaning systems have been sold by other companies, the company is one of only a few major US manufacturers to make them, according to Bloomberg News.
American Solar’s purchase of Windtex, which was announced last year, comes amid a wave of consolidation by solar companies.
The acquisition of WindEx comes as solar companies are struggling to cope with a shortage of clean energy in the United States.
Solar panels are falling in price and manufacturers are increasingly focused on finding cheaper alternatives to solar panels.
Solar companies have also struggled to keep up with the surge in the cost of solar panels that have been making a big impact on the price of solar systems.
The government has warned of the financial risks posed by windex cleaning machines.
A study commissioned by the DOE concluded that Windex could cost more than $4bn in lost revenue over the life of the equipment, with a total price tag of $5.5bn.
The study, commissioned by DOE, said that the costs of cleaning windex could be offset by the cost savings from using renewable energy.
Other US companies that have made cleaning machines include CleanAir, which is owned by GE, and Teflon.