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How long will a solar system last?

The basic PV module (interconnected, enclosed panel of PV cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years. The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed and maintained properly.  Most of the parts on your solar system, such as solar panels, carry manufacturer’s warranties of 25 years.  Other parts, such as inverters, carry 10-year warranties. Most solar systems outlast their warranties; many of the first solar systems installed more than 30 years ago are still going strong.

How reliable is solar power?

One benefit of a solar panel installation is that the systems are very reliable.

They have proven to be dependable sources of energy for large office buildings, mass retailers and governmental agencies, supplying megawatts of energy. Some of the largest companies in the world have buildings and data centers powered by solar energy.

Additional benefits of commercial and residential solar energy systems:

Will I need to adapt my home or business to run on solar power?

Your home or business is ready to run on solar now.  Solar power electric systems fit seamlessly onto or by your building. You won’t have to buy new appliances or change your electrical outlets; everything will work just the same as it did before. You should experience no practical changes except for one: you won’t have to pay a big utility bill every month!

Studies show that homes with net metering and monitoring, clients are more aware of their electrical usage and often change habits to lower consumption.

Do I need a battery back-up system for my solar energy system?

You don’t necessarily need batteries for your solar energy system.

Depending on your goals for this project, we will help you evaluate the efficacy of a battery backup system. Do you want to have power when the utility grid goes out? Is your goal lowering your monthly bills? A backup battery bank can add as much as 25% in cost to a residential solar PV system. Also, it may will yield about 7–10% less energy if it’s battery-tied than its grid-tied counterpart.