Solar Panel Installation in Massachusetts
Establishing Clean and Renewable Energy Throughout Rhode Island & Southern Connecticut
The various tax credits, incentives, and rebates have made installing solar more affordable for homeowners and commercial property owners. Beacon Solar Construction, Inc. offers solar panel installation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern CT.
We can custom design and install a system to provide a clean, renewable power source and save you money on your electric bills.
Is It Worth it To Go Solar in Massachusetts?
Going solar in Massachusetts is worth it because of the many benefits that come with it. Significantly reducing or even eliminating their electric bills is a big reason why many homes and businesses have solar panels installed. You will see immediate cost savings on your electric bills. In addition to energy savings, your solar panels can help increase your property value.
The environmental benefits are another reason for the growing popularity of clean energy from solar power. As more people switch to clean energy sources, fossil fuels' impact on the environment is reduced. Installing a solar panel system at your home or business will significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
How Many Solar Panels Do You Need?
Determining how many solar panels you need to power your home can seem like a daunting task, but it's actually quite straightforward.:
- Start by looking at your past utility bills to get an idea of your home's average energy requirements.
- Then, multiply that number by the peak sunlight hours for your area.
- Finally, divide that number by the wattage of the solar panels you're interested in.
This will give you a range of how many panels you'll need to generate the desired amount of energy. Keep in mind that other factors, such as the size of your roof and how much sunlight it gets, will also affect the number of panels you'll need. With a little bit of planning, you can easily find the right solar solution for your home.
What is the Lifespan of Solar Panels?
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 Pa 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.