Solar energy expenses post-install
After installing a solar energy system on your property, you would typically need little to no maintenance over time. Solar panels are typically installed then left alone. You may wonder if there are any other costs you might come across after installing solar panels. This article will help you understand these costs that can pop up after your installation.
Maintaining your solar panel system
Solar panels systems don’t need much maintenance during their operations. Although, you can purchase a solar operations and maintenance package (O&M) to avoid any maintenance worries. An O&M package works as insurance for your solar energy system, including cleaning, system checks, and/or pest control. O&M plans are common for commercial use of solar energy systems, although residential installations are available as well.
You can also choose to pay for professional solar panel cleaning on its own. Solar panels are installed at a tilt, so rainfall will generally wash off any dust or leaves that fall on them. However, if you live in a sandy area or debris ends up on your panels, general cleaning will help your energy production stay optimal. Cleaning panels tend to cost less than $10 per panel, if your installation is small and simple you may pay even less.
Replacements and Repairs
Solar panels systems require few repairs and replacement parts. This is due to most of the system’s components being stationary. The part of the solar power system that’s most likely to fail is the inverter. String inverters can burn out and need replacing somewhere between 10 to 12 years of use. Although if any faults do come up during their operation, manufacturers provide warranties that can cover the equipment. However, these warranties and their protection coverage will vary between manufacturers at the specific components. Most of these warranties cover equipment replacements, so if your inverter fails within your manufacturer’s warranty coverage, it can be replaced. Keep in mind that shipping and labor costs may not be included with the replacement parts. You may have to pay for these services when ordering a replacement. Your warranty documents will generally provide all of the information regarding these costs.
Re-roofing your home
Before installing a solar panel system, we will examine your roof’s condition to hold a solar panel system. In most cases, you won’t have to worry about re-roofing if your roof is in good condition. Installing a solar panel system can even protect the covered areas of your roof from the elements, making it last longer than it normally would. But if you need to re-roof your home after a solar panel system install there will be extra costs. To re-roof your home, your solar panel system will have to be removed, stored and re-install your solar equipment. These prices can vary depending on your system’s size and complexity, the cost of labor in your area, and the possible cost of storage. The total cost could range between $1500 to $6000. Re-roofing before your installation is the better option to avoid these costs. If you are considering re-roofing after your installation, we can answer any questions you might have.
You can run a solar panel system on your property for decades without much worry. If your property has trees, they can grow over your solar panels and cover them with shade. You will have to have these trees trimmed, pruned, or even cut down to make sure your solar panels get enough sunlight. Prices can depend on the size and height of the trees, anywhere from less than $100 up to $1000. Solar software design tools can help estimate how trees can affect your system over time. We can give you information on the trees around your property and how they can affect your solar energy production.
The price of a solar energy system
The price of a solar energy system can depend on your property, the complexity of the system, and other factors. Our website has a free online estimate tool that generates a personalized report for you from a simplified questionnaire. That report will contain the potential savings you can net, and the cost of a solar energy system installed on your property.