Solar panels are increasingly popping up in residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. With the awareness of global climate change, high utility bills, the availability of tax credits and rebates, many are interested in the benefits of solar energy installations. Solar panel installation can be an expensive investment that home and business owners alike want to get the most out of. So, how long will the average panel last? Will maintenance improve the lifespan? Let’s find the answers to these questions and more.
Average Lifespan of Solar PV Panels -
According to the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), solar panels have a lifespan of 30 years and possibly longer. “The lifespan of solar panel may thus be much longer than officially stated. The lifespan of high-quality PV panels may even reach 30 to 40 years, and be still functional afterward, though with decreasing efficacy.”
Several factors can contribute to the longevity of your solar panels:
- Routine Maintenance
- Proper Installation
- Local Weather Conditions
Added are the benefits of a manufacturer’s warranty that protects against defective panels and a power performance warranty that ensures panels will effectively produce energy over time.
Having PV panels installed by a professional team is an important first step in the longevity of your solar arrays. These technicians will design and install based on your needs, home, or business building layout. A reliable company will also be readily available when any problems or concerns arise. Keep in mind that solar panel installation is a lengthy process, and is installed in phases. Any issues should be addressed during this process. Schedule routine times for your installers to examine the panels and other components of your solar setup for maximum efficiency.
Full Access to the Sun -
Dirt, leaves, twigs, and other rubbish should be removed from your solar panels. Not only will they block the rays of sunlight, over time they may cause damage. Keep trees trimmed and remove loose branches to prevent them from falling and cracking the panels. In climates with regular rainfall, the water will usually rinse off most debris. In dryer climates, a hose can be used to rinse the panels clean.
Solar arrays are designed to withstand outdoor environments and conditions. Maintenance and upkeep are great ways to increase their lifespan. Pricing has also dropped over recent years. Solar Energy Industries Association reports that Solar PV prices have dropped 43% in the last five years alone. Now might be the time to invest in a solar system for your home or business.
When you are ready for solar panel installation in your home or business, call on Yellowlite. Request a quote or start building your system today!