What to Know Before Going Solar – Part 2

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In the first part of this series, we talked about understanding how much energy your home uses on an annualized basis, SRP and APS solar energy plans, and panel installation positions. Now we’ll focus on some additional areas important in helping you better understand solar power for your home.

Lifespan of Solar Panels

Generally speaking, a solar panel will last 25 years or more when maintained properly. In 2022, one solar manufacturer introduced panels with a 40-year warranty though they’re not yet available in the United States. Solar panels do tend to lose up to one half of a percent (0.5%) of conversion efficiency annually which is included in the warranty. Meaning there’s a guaranteed power output at the end of the 25-year warranty. Hosing the panels off a few times per year will help maintain their effectiveness. You can ensure the best performance from your solar panels by monitoring energy production in real time through a smartphone app and checking the condition of panels after every major storm in the Valley of the Sun.

Rooftop Panels

The panels will not damage your roof in any way when properly installed. They’ll actually protect the areas located directly beneath them from climate conditions. You may even find that the portions of your home directly beneath the panel installations will remain cooler in summer and warmer in winter, regardless of the other insulation installed. You’ll save monthly on heating and cooling costs when your solar panels are installed, monitored, and maintained properly.

Know Your Roof Type

The kind of roof you have makes a big difference in installation costs. Installation on Spanish tile will definitely be costlier or on shake shingles than on plain old asphalt shingle roofs. Both tile and shake are far more brittle than asphalt shingles, so additional time-intensive care is needed to ensure that any attachment points penetrating the roof are completely and properly sealed. This extra time can add at least 10% additional cost to the installation job.

Contact Cool Blew Solar

You can take the next steps in determining how best to install a solar system by reaching out to your locally owned solar installation experts at Cool Blew Solar. Cool Blew Solar is ready to help you plan out and install your home solar system at competitive rates. Call our professional installers today at 623-234-2836 to schedule your free estimate. Feel the power of the sun shining on your home.