Can You Make Your Solar Panels Last Longer?
Depending on the manufacturer, solar panels’ performance can be guaranteed for 25 - 30 years, but it’s very possible that your panels will go on to produce electricity for longer than that.
Power electronics are essential to the safe and efficient operation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, serving as a critical gateway between solar and the grid. Innovations in power electronics can improve PV system functionality and enhance PV system and grid control capabilities, leading to system’s longer lifespans and lower costs.
However, the typical lifetime of these devices is only 10 years, requiring customers to replace them long before the panels need to be replaced. Extending the lifetime can have significant advantages to the cost and function of a solar system. 
While solar panels require minimum maintenance, it is possible for you to increase their lifespan by taking regular care and inspecting it for damages from time to time. You can look after your panels by yourself or can even hire a professional solar contractor like Everything Solar bi-annually to have a look at your panels to ensure they are in perfect shape. Here are a few ways to ensure that your solar panels last longer than their average lifetime of 25 years:
1. Keep Your Panels Clear of Debris and Other Damaging Materials
Since the solar panels are situated on the most exposed part of the house: your roof; they tend to get dirty due to the accumulation of dust particles, dirt, pollen, leaves, bird droppings, and much more. This can be really damaging to the solar panel’s receptor and can affect the overall performance of the panel. This accumulation of dirt can also block the sun from reaching the photovoltaic cells which results in low energy production.
According to most solar panel owners, rain is enough to clean this build-up but it is pertinent that you consider hiring a professional cleaner to remove all the dirt and get your panels working at their full efficiency. Another thing you might want to take notice of is to keep your panels away from any branches. These branches tend to block the sunlight and are a possible hazard to the panels in case of strong winds and storms.
If you ever think your panels are not working at their full capacity, feel free to call your solar contractor and ask for support.
2. Make Sure Your Panels Are Regularly Monitored and Maintained
If you make it a habit to regularly check on your solar panels and make sure that all of their parts including their performance, meters, and the inverter are working at full capacity, you have a chance of increasing the solar panel’s life span. There are a few things you can do to maintain your panels besides cleaning them regularly. Make sure to:
- Clean the vents off any debris
- Check the switches for defects
- See if any part of the solar panel has been corroded
- Check all the wiring and make sure all of it is secure and fitted
- Check whether all the emergency procedures for an instant shutdown of the panels and isolation are displayed clearly