How Long Will My Solar Panels Last?
by Kelly Anderson, on Sep 18, 2020 5:15:00 PM
The Panel Lifespan We Can Guarantee
As a solar installer, one of the top questions we get asked is, “How long do solar panels last?” If you’re investing in a new solar energy system for your home, you’ll want to be sure the modules, or panels, on your roof last long enough to be worthwhile.
The answer to this question will depend on the type of solar panels you install. If you want the longest-lasting system, look for the following.
Tier 1 Panels
Summit Solar exclusively employs Tier 1 solar panels, which guarantees a minimum of a 25-year performance. If your Tier 1 panels do not perform to standard for 25 years, we will assist you in filing a guarantee claim with the manufacturer to replace the panels. So, no matter what, you’ll lock down 25 years of solar power, guaranteed.
25 Years Is Just the Guarantee
Twenty-five years is certain, but you can expect your panels to last much longer than that—often up to 40 years! If you install your system this year, you can assume that you won’t need to replace the panels until nearly 2060. Each year you’ll save on utility bills, and once the panels are paid off, you’ll be paying hardly anything to power your home.
What Does Tier 1 Mean?
How can you be sure you’re receiving Tier 1 panels from your solar installer? Essentially, Tier 1 means the following about your panel manufacturer: that they have produced panels for five or more years; they are publicly listed on a stock exchange; they have a fully automated production, and invest significantly in marketing their brand. Manufacturers who don’t meet these criteria are labeled as Tier 2 or Tier 3.
Summit Solar uses Tier 1 Panasonic panels, but other manufacturers that meet this standard include Sunpower, LG, Canadian Solar, and Solarworld.
No Maintenance Necessary
Not only will your panels perform for decades, but you don’t need ongoing maintenance to ensure that that happens. Besides occasional cleanings that you normally do for your roof, like clearing leaves and moss, there’s nothing else you need to do. Unlike a car, there are no moving parts that require fixes or oil changes. You can even sync your panels to a Wi-Fi enabled app, so you’ll be alerted if anything goes wrong. If there is an issue, Summit Solar is here to assist you.
Ready for long-lasting solar panels on your rooftop? Contact Summit Solar to discuss your home’s new system.