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Solar PV panel systems for commercial and industrial applications

Tips for Extending the Lifespan & Efficiency of Solar Panels

Solar energy is a renewable energy source that provides clean and sustainable power. Solar panels play a crucial role in solar-powered systems by converting sunlight into electricity.

Solar panels are a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly power source for your home, but many factors can impact solar panel performance and efficiency over time.

Solera Energy is here to give you some tips for extending the lifespan and efficiency of your solar panels.

Call Solera Energy at (866) 346-2009 or contact us online to learn more about our solar panel offerings.

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Understanding Solar Panel Lifespan and Efficiency

The average life span of solar panels is about 35-40 years, but with good care, you can extend the lifespan of your solar panels well beyond this. Solar panels use photovoltaic (PV) cells to convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Because they don’t have any moving parts, these PV cells will keep working for an extremely long time.

Solar panels are a long-term investment, but they provide efficient renewable power, saving you money in the long run. Federal tax savings were also recently extended for the next 10 years and upped from 26% to 30%. The state of Missouri also offers various solar rebates and programs.

Proper maintenance helps to preserve the efficiency of these panels and maximize your return on your investment.

Tips for Prolonging Solar Panel Lifespan

Trips for prolonging the lifespan of your solar panels include:

  • Regular Maintenance Practices:
    • Clean your solar panels regularly
    • Routinely have your panels inspected & serviced
    • Seal any gaps around the edges of your panels
    • Apply a quality protective coating every few years
  • Protection From Environmental Factors:
    • Trim trees & vegetation to prevent shade from interfering with the efficiency of your panels
    • Shelter your panels in extreme weather conditions
    • Protect your panels from extreme temperature fluctuations
  • Monitoring & Early Detection of Issues:

Tips for Optimizing Solar Panel Efficiency

Tips for optimizing the efficiency of your solar panels include:

  • Positioning & Orientation:
    • Buy the right kind of solar panel for your location based on temperature coefficients, wind, & weather conditions
    • Have your panels installed at the right angle to ensure maximum sunlight exposure
  • Regular Performance Checks:
    • Monitor the efficiency of your system by tracking the energy it’s putting into your inverter
      • You can use monitoring tools provided by your manufacturer or third-party apps
    • If your solar panel system includes monitoring software, regularly update the software to improve performance & provide insights on energy generation/ consumption
  • Upgrading & Retrofitting:
  • Regular professional inspections make it so solar panel experts can service your panels to ensure they’re operating the way they should. This also means they can make recommendations for upgrades or retrofitting based on the state of your system

Financial and Environmental Benefits of Solar Panels

Investing in solar panels comes with many financial and environmental benefits. Solar panels are a long-term investment, but they’re worth it with the cost savings you’ll have over the lifespan of your solar system. Additionally, solar panels reduce the environmental impact of your energy consumption, providing long-term benefits for homeowners and the planet.

Solera Energy is proud to be the first solar company in Missouri, and we’ve installed more solar systems than any other company in the state. If you want to invest in a solar system that will benefit you and the environment, turn to Solera Energy for our comprehensive solar system services.

See what real customers have to say. Contact Solera Energy online or call us at (866) 346-2009 to schedule solar system services today!

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