You’ll be happy to find out that a solar installation has a surprisingly long lifespan! Most solar panels will last an average of 25 to 40 years. Which is why most solar companies offer a 25-year production warranty.
While you probably won’t need to replace your solar system for another 40 years from installation, the solar panels will slowly lose some of their ability to absorb sunlight over time.
The degradation is very slow and small and it takes many years for this loss of efficiency to amount to much. When it does, it can be caused by factors such as hazing of the glass as well as the natural reduction in chemical potency of the panels, also known as the “degradation rate.”
However, if the panels degrade 12% over 25 years the likelihood is high that your home appliances will be replaced in that same time frame with more efficient models and your solar system will still power your home.
Solar panels are extremely durable and have been rigorously tested in order to withstand extreme weather, including high winds, heavy snows, and even hail. Since solar panel systems usually lack moving parts, they don’t require routine maintenance. All of these factors contribute to the long lifespan of a solar system.
Still, there are some ways you can ensure that they’re working efficiently for as long as possible. Make sure you’re working with a reputable solar company like ARE Solar and have your installers check your panels regularly. Our solar installers have years of experience, as well as amazing reviews from previous customers. It’s recommended to have a cleaning and inspection periodically to ensure that your installation is operating at peak performance.
Going solar is the best way to transition to clean, sustainable energy while also dramatically reducing your monthly utility bills or even eliminating them entirely. If you’re ready to start harnessing the power of the sun for a lifetime of free green energy, contact ARE Solar today!