Maintenance of Solar Systems
Maintenance of Solar Systems How Much is Required?
While installing a solar system at your residence or office will save you money, there are significant maintenance costs that you will need to factor in. These solar costs depend on the size and type of your system, however there are a lot of general things you can do to reduce the cost.
Cost of Maintaining a Solar System
Firstly, the biggest cost you will face is with solar inverters. Each solar panel lasts between 25 and 35 years. For each panel you will need to buy between two and three inverters during the course of this time period. This can get expensive, as the retail price of each inverter is a few thousand dollars.
General maintenance is also another major cost. Similar to a car, you are going to have to repair and maintain your solar system. Some general maintenance expenses are things you can predict and budget for (consider this like a standard car service); others things are going to come out of the blue (like that flat tire you get a 2am on a deserted road). Either way, costs are associated.
7 Ways to Reduce Solar Maintenance Costs
Fortunately there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your general solar maintenance. The most important ones are listed below:
Squirrels and rats: These guys chew through the coatings of wiring and can damage your system. In some parts of the country, you may even see possums! They all cause the same damage.
Birds: While you may enjoy feeding them on your balcony, they can cause damage to your solar panels via droppings, and can build nests on the panels that may block sunlight. It's best to make your roof a no-fly zone for them!
Dirty panels: If you dont clean them, they wont get as much sunlight and your system wont produce as much solar electricity. So, every few months you'll have to climb up on the roof and clean them.
Cracked panels: Unfortunately, while it is rare, they do sometimes crack due to extremely bad weather. It's best to check your panels regularly, in order to prevent such damage from occurring.
Corrosion: Unfortunately, metal- and battery-related components can corrode. You'll definitely want to check your system regularly.
Shaded panels: If you put your panels on the roof more than a few years ago, it is worth checking to see if they are now fully or partly in the shade. Yes, some trees do grow very quickly!
Theft: Unfortunately people do steal solar panels sometimes. As frustrating as this is, you can include them under your insurance.
Solar Maintenance Package Options
As you now realize, there are a number of potential maintenance headaches that you may face. Fortunately, there is a solution to these problems: Solar Monitoring Packages. These services monitor the health of your system and can save you a significant amount of money over time. Whats more, you can even tailor a package to suit your individual needs (e.g., if there are some components you are capable and willing to do yourself).
Many solar installers also offer solar maintenance packages over the life of the solar panels. This has the potential to save you a lot of time and money - and possibly injury if you try and do things yourself. This is definitely worth considering.
Financial Benefits of Solar Outweigh Maintenance Costs
In summary, solar systems can help you save a great deal of money on your utilities bill, and can also help save the planet as well. However, there are some quite substantial associated maintenance costs. Saying that, the financial benefits far outweigh the additional maintenance costs you might face. To offset the costs even further, we recommend considering a solar system monitoring or maintenance package. Heres to your solar success!