“How long do solar panels last?” is one common question we always hear from business and house owners who are considering the option of going solar. Knowing how long that solar panels last helps in justifying the upfront cost of going solar. It is kind of relieving knowing that what you are paying for has up to 25 to 30 years life span with little or no maintenance.
So, How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
On the general, solar panels last between 25 years to 30 years. But this doesn’t mean that they stop producing electricity; there is simply a decline in electricity production due to wear and tear. As matter of fact, solar panels can continue to work if they are not physically damaged.
Rate of Degradation of Solar Panels
Solar panel output falls by 0.8% each year on average according to a 2012 study by the National renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Let it be noted that this rate of degradation may varies due to the panel brand. There are brands that promises only about 0.3% degradation rate per year. In all, the technology behind solar panel is constantly been improved and the rate of degradation is decreasing every year. There are new manufacturers currently offering only 0.5% degradation rate per year. To calculate your rate of degradation, you can just pick any percentage between 0.5% to 0.8% and deduct from the initial cost of your panel in order to arrive at scrap value after some years.
Can you make solar panels last longer?
I think the best way to make solar panel last longer is to clean them whenever they are dirty, put them on a roof that is not closed to under a tree in order to avoid animals from constantly climbing on them. your solar panels can last for as long as the specified 30 years period and further if they are not broken. Another benefit is that they don’t usually have moving parts due to how they are installed. In all, to prolong the lifespan of your solar panel, work with a reputable installer with a good customer care support which is what Vesselnet Solar is known for.
Regular Checks By Your Installer or Service Provider
The likely issues with solar panel after installation are loose racking, naked wires, etc. A regular check by your service provider would reveal some of these issues early so solution can be given at the best time.
Vesselnet Solar is one organization that understands the importance after installation support to clients and we readily provide it.
Is Solar Solution Affordable?
Going solar is an investment but very worthwhile one. This is because you are required to make up-front cost with little or no maintenance cost afterwards which helps you to save cost on power over the long term. Another huge benefit is the long duration of solar panels of 30 years and beyond.
Here at Vesselnet Solar, we have solar solution for estates, businesses, communities, cooperatives and homes. We have packages that suits all energy requirements. Simply contact us so we can determine your best suitable package.
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