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Understanding the Lifespan of Solar Panels to Maximize Your Investment

Written by
National Solar
Published on
April 12, 2024

When considering the switch to solar energy, one of the most common questions that arise is about the lifespan of solar panels. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the lifespan of solar panels, factors that influence it, how to extend it, and highlighting the longevity of top-quality products like REC Solar Panels, our preferred solar panel choice at National Solar. We'll also explore how ongoing maintenance, technological advancements, and comprehensive warranties contribute to maximizing your solar investment.

What Determines the Lifespan of Solar Panels?

Solar panels are designed to be incredibly durable, but several factors influence their lifespan:

  • Quality of Materials: High-quality materials can withstand the wear and tear from various weather conditions. REC Solar Panels, known for their robust build and efficiency, are an excellent example of longevity meeting quality.
  • Installation: Proper installation by certified professionals, like our certified REC Solar Panel Installers at National Solar, ensures that solar panels perform optimally for the longest possible time.
  • Environment: Factors like climate, the amount of sunlight, and even local weather patterns can affect longevity. In Oregon, where conditions can vary, choosing panels known for their resilience, like those offered by National Solar, is crucial.

Average Lifespan of Solar Panels

A 2012 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that, on average, solar panels lose about 0.8% of their power output per year. This means that even after 25 years, your panels could still be producing 80% of the power they did when they were new.

Typically, solar panels are expected to last about 25 to 30 years. However, this doesn't mean that they stop producing electricity after this period. Instead, their efficiency might decrease more significantly. At National Solar, we provide REC Solar Panels which come with a 25-year warranty, ensuring that your panels not only meet but exceed the expected lifespan with optimal performance.

Enhancing Your Solar Panels' Lifespan

  • Regular Maintenance: Simple steps like cleaning your panels and ensuring they are free from debris can significantly impact their efficiency and longevity.
  • System Monitoring: All National Solar installs get the added advantage of digital monitoring, so you can be sure that your system is functioning at anytime.

Financial Incentives and ROI

Investing in solar energy is not just eco-friendly but also economically wise. With solar panel incentives like the Federal Tax Credit and the Oregon Solar + Storage Rebate, the initial cost of solar panels can be significantly reduced. Additionally, Oregon's net metering policy allows you to earn credits for excess energy your system produces, enhancing the return on your investment over your panels' lifespan.

Are solar panels a  worthwhile investment?

The decision to install solar panels is not only a step towards sustainable living but also a financially sound investment. With high-quality panels like those from REC, backed by a comprehensive 25-year warranty and the exceptional service of National Solar, you can ensure that your solar energy system remains a robust, efficient, and productive part of your home or business for decades.

By investing in high-quality panels for your home, ensuring they are properly installed, and performing regular maintenance, you can help extend the lifespan of your solar panels and maximize your solar energy production. This not only helps you get the most out of your investment, but also contributes to a more sustainable future.