We get a lot of questions about our solar panels. Will they really eliminate my power bill? How much is it going to cost me? Will they spontaneously combust? But what about all the snow that will dump on them in a Utah winter? How often will I have to replace them? Those are all valid questions (well, except the combustion one. You can’t really think we’d install something on your home that might explode, right?), but today we’re going to focus on the last one. How often will you need to replace your solar panels? How long will they last?
You’re paying quite a lot for a solar panel system – you want to be sure it will last and work effectively for a long time. At the same time, you’re seeing the solar panel technology change and develop rapidly and don’t want your solar panels to be low-tech in a manner of years. You may also be worried about the simple wear-and-tear that they must undergo as they’re mounted to your roof in direct Utah sunlight and snowfall, depending on the season.
How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
The short answer: 25 years. That is quite a long time! Solar panels are usually purchased with an accompanying warranty of at least 20 years, sometimes more. This means that you’ll have a better warranty on your solar panels than on your fridge, washer & dryer, and most of the other appliances in your home. Not to mention it will save you money and eventually begin paying for itself!
Solar panels won’t just “die” either. They may slowly begin working less efficiently, and you can tackle the problem with repair or activate your warranty for replacement if that’s the case. Warranty will also cover damage incurred by huge accidents or events, such as a hurricane, tornado, or other accident.
Will they be out-of-date soon?
Unlike VCRs and old school televisions, solar panels will not suddenly stop functioning with modern technology updates. Your solar panels are built to absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into usable energy. That will never change for your home. There are some solar panels that are 40 years old and are still working efficiently – yours will be fine, even if newer versions come out.
So it’s worth it?
Yes, solar panels for your Utah home or business are definitely worth it. The upfront cost can seem a little daunting, but when you factor in 25+ years of power gathered and stored it looks a lot more rewarding. You can break even within a few years and everything after that is bonus. Invest now in solar panels and then you can forget about them entirely for decades! It’s a purchase well worth it.