Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

How long do solar panels last?

Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic or PV panels, are designed to last for more than 25 years. According to an article from SunRun, many panels installed in the 1980s still function at their expected capacity. Although solar panel energy production may decrease over time, it can still generate electricity beyond its expected lifespan. 

Do you need a permit to install solar panels?

While solar system installations are generally cost-effective, be aware that you will likely incur permit fees as part of the process. These fees typically range from $100 to $1,000, and there might be additional expenses for plan reviews and inspections. Although these costs are typically factored into the overall project budget, it's crucial to understand them upfront.

Can I install solar panels myself?

While DIY solar panel installation is possible, hiring professionals for optimal performance and safety is generally advisable. Professional installers handle complexities like system design, electrical work, permits, and safety regulations. Their expertise reduces risks and ensures a smooth, reliable installation process.

How do I start the process of going solar?

Start your solar journey by assessing energy needs, exploring feasibility, and considering financing. Educate yourself on solar technologies and seek professional guidance. Get multiple quotes, compare costs, and finalize contracts. Collaborate with the chosen installer for installation, monitor performance, and enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.

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Ann Schreiber

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Ann has been a marketer and a content writer for over 20 years. She worked for financial institutions such as FICO, Experian, and BlueChip Financial as a director of content and brand marketing.

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