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Solar Maintenance

Massachusetts Solar Maintenance

Optimizing energy production in Rhode Island & Southern CT with solar panel service

Solar panels can provide a reliable source of renewable energy for 25 years or more. Keeping your solar panel system well maintained is important to avoid the expense of solar repair. At Beacon Solar Construction, Inc., we offer solar maintenance in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern CT for residential solar panel and commercial solar panel systems. You can count on us to keep your panels maintained all year long. 

Please contact us at (508) 570-5889 to learn more about our solar panel service plans and to schedule an appointment. 

Keeping your solar panels clean

Your solar panel system is a big investment. We can help you get the most from it with regular cleaning, maintenance, and inspections. The outdoor elements can take a toll on residential and commercial solar panels. As debris builds up on the solar panels, the ability of the system to absorb sunlight is negatively affected. Removing the debris from the solar panels and keeping them clean is essential for optimal energy production. 

Solar panel products can be diminished by a buildup of: 

  • Leaves 
  • Dirt 
  • Dust 
  • Bird droppings 
  • Snow and ice in the winter months 

Solar panels should be cleaned about two to four times each year for optimal performance. You can use a leaf blower, soft broom, or garden hose to clean off the panels and remove dirt. However, for proper cleaning that is safe and effective, we recommend calling for professional maintenance. We use cleaning methods that will get the job done without harming the panels. 

Do not hesitate to contact our solar panel installers in Massachusetts at (508) 570-5889 to further discuss the benefits of going solar.

Monitoring the system

Monitoring the performance of your solar panels allows you to see your cost savings in real-time and detect potential issues. We offer solar monitoring with real-time charts that show your solar panel system production. A reduction in energy generation can indicate a potential problem with your system. Identifying these issues early gives you the opportunity to fix small problems as they arise. 

In addition to our maintenance service plans, we offer a monitoring app that is helpful for keeping your energy production at peak levels and your electric bills as low as possible. The app is available for both iOS and Android, so you can use the monitoring system with any smartphone or compatible device. 

The lifespan of solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels, can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the panels, environmental conditions, and how well they are maintained. 

On average, solar panels are designed to last for 25 to 30 years or more. 

However, many solar panels continue to produce electricity at a reduced efficiency even after their rated lifespan.

Here are some key factors that can influence the lifespan of solar panels:

  • Panel Quality: High-quality solar panels are designed to withstand various environmental conditions and typically have longer lifespans. Cheaper, lower-quality panels may have shorter lifespans.
  • Manufacturer Warranty: Most solar panel manufacturers offer warranties that guarantee the panels’ performance for 25 years. This warranty ensures that the panels will produce at least a specified percentage of their rated power output over that time frame.
  • Environmental Factors: Solar panels are exposed to the elements, and their longevity can be affected by factors such as extreme temperatures, humidity, wind, and air pollution. Panels in regions with milder climates may have a longer lifespan.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance can extend the life of solar panels. This may include cleaning the panels, checking for physical damage, and ensuring that the electrical connections are in good condition.
  • Quality of Installation: Proper installation is essential. Poorly installed panels may be more susceptible to damage from wind, weather, or moisture, which can shorten their lifespan.
  • Panel Type: The type of solar panel can also impact lifespan. Monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels are known for their durability and longevity, while thin-film panels tend to have a shorter lifespan.
  • Usage Patterns: The way you use your solar panels can affect their lifespan. Excessive shading or frequent cycling on and off can create stress on the panels.

It’s important to note that while the efficiency of solar panels may degrade over time, it doesn’t necessarily mean the panels are no longer useful. Even after 25 to 30 years, most solar panels are expected to produce electricity, albeit at a reduced efficiency, which might still be valuable. 

To maximize the lifespan and performance of your solar panels, it’s recommended to have them professionally installed, adhere to a regular maintenance schedule, and choose high-quality panels from reputable manufacturers. 

Additionally, taking advantage of manufacturer warranties and understanding the expected degradation rates of the panels can help you make informed decisions about your solar investment.

Our solar PANel installation process

Our qualified technicians have the training and experience needed for Massachusetts’s highest-quality solar panel installation. The time required for installation depends on the size of the system. While the panel installation takes just a couple of days, the entire process from planning until the system is online can take about 60 days. 

The installation process includes: 

  • Planning – We start with a site assessment and take all necessary measurements. The next step is to create the final design for your solar panel system and secure all the required permits. 
  • Solar panel installation – In most cases, the actual installation of the solar panels takes about a day or two. 
  • Getting the system online – The utility company will install the net meter to connect your system. After getting your system online, we will perform a final inspection to ensure everything is working correctly. 

At Beacon Solar Construction, Inc., we stand behind the quality of our work. An extensive 10-year workmanship and 25-year panel warranty will cover your new solar panels. After your installation is complete, we can help with cleaning and maintenance

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Professional Solar Panel System Inspections

Aside from cleaning and monitoring your system, regular professional inspections are important for detecting problems early.

How often should solar panel service include an inspection?

You should have your solar panel system inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year. Professional inspections allow problems to be detected early and fixed quickly. This can prevent larger repairs and maximize the life of your system. 

At Beacon Solar Construction, Inc., we conduct yearly inspections for solar maintenance in Massachusetts. During our inspections, we will carefully assess the performance of your system to determine if anything needs to be replaced or fixed. Making these minor repairs helps to ensure optimal electrical generation for your solar panel system.

Contact Beacon Solar Construction today for a FREE customized quote! 

Aside from cleaning and monitoring your system, regular professional inspections are important for detecting problems early.

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