Currently, solar panels can last up to 20 years with proper care. However, engineers are developing longer-lasting panels. This idea will reduce buyer’s costs and dead panels, which can only be partially recycled. Read on to find out more about the life span of solar panels and how they plan on extending them.
Solar Panels Life Span
Panels are efficient because their long life span eventually results in being cheaper than traditional electric bills. So, to make things even more sustainable, developers are hoping to make panels last a few more years. As far as how many years, we aren’t sure of yet. But, for starters, they are working to improve the quality of their materials, especially the protective glass. By strengthening the panels’ protective design, it will be able to withstand the test of time longer. Dirt, rain, bugs, water, and ironically the sun itself wears down on panels over the years. Just like with any technology, there are only so many years of use it can go through. So, to encourage more solar panel sales, the promise of a 25 or even 30-year warranty gives more of an incentive for people to go solar. Because people move all the time, there’s no need for lifetime panels.
Most panels only last about 15 years due to poor care. Make sure you get your solar panels cleaned routinely, according to manufacturing. Hopefully, the designs on these new panels will be more forgiving for not keeping up with routine maintenance. Panels also need regular inspections, just like cars- to make sure everything is working well. Quality includes no severe cracks or damages, wiring is in place, and no fire hazards. Newer panels are hoping to be able to prevent these problems. We are excited to see how these new panels turn out!
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Jada was born in San Marcos and raised in Texas. She spent a chunk of her childhood in a tiny town of 130 people before moving to San Antonio in junior high, where she lives today. An avid bookworm, she loves mystery and horror genres. She attended Texas State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. She now is building a writing and editing career. Jada deeply cares about the environment and proves it by avidly recycling, reducing energy consumption, and avoiding single-use products.