Leased solar PV systems might be ideal for some customers, but for most people, purchasing a system outright provides the best return on investment. One sales tactic leasing companies use is to cover the maintenance of the system Sounds great right? What they don't tell you is how much maintenance your system will need. If you don't know, how can you compare the value of a leased vs purchased system? Let's take a look.
If you were to guess, what would you expect a solar company to do with your panels?
Your answer likely depends on your experience with electronics. If you thought of your phone, you probably expect the panels to be out of date after a few years. Or to degrade over time. If you're familiar with solar from a few years back, you might think of the inverter replacement after 10 years. Visual inspections. What about cleaning? Squirrels?
Here's the good news. The systems that we at Galusha Solar install require no real maintenance!
- Your panels will produce at least 85% of the current power in 25 years. This is part of the panel warranty. That means you don't need to upgrade them at any point in their lifecycle. If we detect a problem with a panel it is either going to be a warranty claim, which we handle, or an insurance claim following a hail storm. Either way, the replacement of the damaged panel(s) is of no cost to you.
- We only use microinverters and use Enphase which has a 25 year warranty as well. Thanks to their monitoring system we know immediately, through email alerts, if there is a problem. We place the warranty claim ticket, they send us a replacement and get the replacement scheduled. Again at no cost to you!
- As for washing, it rarely makes much difference. The rain will clean them off but you can spray them down if you prefer. It certainly isn't necessary to hire anyone to clean them.
- Squirrels and birds are not a common problem according to pest control experts. If you know you have squirrels on your roof, just let us know. We'll add a barrier to your system design. If you find out later that the squirrels made your solar panels their new home there will be some additional cost to hire a pest removal expert and add the critter guard, but we keep that as low as we can.
What if something happens after the installation? Call or email us. We service all of our installations. This includes remove and replacement after a hail storm so your roof can be replaced in a timely manner.
Why pay thousands of dollars more for non-existent maintenance? We will cover more reasons to purchase rather than lease in future blog posts. Be sure to leave any questions in the comments!
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