Frequently Asked Questions

How do you maintain a solar roof system?
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance. A few times a year, the panels should be inspected for any dirt or debris that may collect on them. For a general cleaning, simply use a standard garden hose to wash the face of the panels during either the early morning or in the evening. Avoid spraying cold water onto hot panels because you could risk cracking them! This type of solar panel maintenance is the best way to make sure they are always producing efficiently.
How does weather effect a solar roof system?
Solar panels are built to withstand heavy rain, hail, wind and cycles of heat and cold for many years. Even if it is cloudy, solar panel cells only need the photons emitted from the sunlight, so the sun’s photons are still being spread into the atmosphere and absorbed by the panels. Direct sunlight is still preferred over indirect sunlight for optimal energy absorption. On cloudy days, solar panels produce approximately 10% to 25% of their capacity. Factors that make this range an approximation include the density of the clouds, as well as the type of solar panel; some can handle diffused light better than others. To combat cloudy conditions, we have the option to include a wind turbine at the apex of the roof to generate additional electricity using the air currents through our proprietary pan design.
What is the life expectancy of a solar panel?
When you’re considering investing in a solar installation, wondering how long home solar panels last is a question that inevitably pops up. Studies have proven solar panels can last anywhere between 25 to 30 years. However, this doesn’t mean the panels on your roof will stop producing electricity after a couple of decades. It just means their energy production will decrease by what solar panel manufacturers consider optimal to meet the average American family’s energy needs. Meaning, even if you get a standard solar panel 25-year warranty period at 0.5% degradation, your solar panels should continue operating at around 88% of their original capacity after this time.
Will this system obsolete in 5 years?
As solar panel and battery technology improves, our system allows for the replacement of individual parts to be made without the need to replace or modify the entire system.