What Happens AFTER my Solar Energy System is Installed?

Posted by New Day Solar
2 years ago | February 7, 2017

It is understandable that many homeowners have a long list of questions about solar energy installation and maintenance. If you are going to invest in a solar energy system, then you need to know what you are committing to. There are a few factors to consider.

False Claims about Burdensome Maintenance

Have you heard that solar panels require ongoing maintenance?  Some sales tactics that are biased toward solar lease programs will suggest that a lease is a better option because the leasing company will handle all of the maintenance. As a result, consumers are reluctant to purchase the equipment because of expensive problems that may arise. Solar system maintenance is simple. Make sure the system is working, and make sure that the solar modules aren’t too dusty. There are no moving parts, no oil changes, or tire rotations like with a vehicle.

There are various ways to check your system’s operation. Most systems installed after 2015 will have an internet based monitoring system that can generate email updates of system status and production. For systems installed before internet monitoring, the inverter’s display will have indications of system status and production.  

A visual inspection of your system’s solar modules once every 3-6 months is also recommended.  A broken or extremely dirty solar module can affect the system’s overall production. If the modules do become dirty, water and a non-abrasive brush or cloth can be used to rinse and wipe the modules clean.

Industry-wide Minimum Solar Energy System Standards

  • 25-year solar module power production warranty
  • 10-year solar module workmanship warranty
  • 10-year solar string inverter warranty/ 25-year Enphase Micro Inverter Warranty
  • 10-year solar installation/roof penetration warranty

Optional Considerations

  • 3 or 6-month visual inspection and wash if necessary
  • 10 year solar system overall checkup

If you would like to learn more about the operation of a solar system and system production factors, contact New Day Solar at (855) 444-6329.

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