August 21, 2012
How long is appropriate for a solar panel system warranty? How long is realistic? What is included in a warranty? What is a performance guarantee?
These are all good questions when you are looking at a long term investment, such as a solar panel system. It is important to realize that there are numerous pieces and parts to a solar array and some may have a different warranty than other pieces do. Here is an outline.
2 Year Solar Performance Guarantee: Paradise Energy Solutions includes a 2 year performance guarantee with every PV grid tied installation. This gives you peace of mind that your system will perform according to what we say it will or, guess what, we pay the difference at your electric rate! We want you to believe in the performance of solar as much as we do!
2 Year Solar System Checkup: Every year for the first 2 years, we visit your site to ensure that the project is performing as expected to keep your investment working for you. This is at no cost to you.
5 Year Solar Workmanship Warranty: Every installation of Paradise Energy Solutions has a 5 year workmanship warranty. WE cover any failure that was due to incorrect installation and we take care of any manufacturer recalls or replacements at no cost to the customer. This includes labor to replace any parts or components and travel and shipping costs for us to do the work.
Solar Panel Warranty: All solar panels have a warranty. Generally this warranty last for 25 to 30 years and the performance of the panels is guaranteed over this time period. Most of the Solar panels Paradise Energy Solutions has installed have a 30 year warranty on them, going above and beyond the industry standard.
Solar Inverter Warranty: Inverter Manufacturer warranties generally last from 5 to 25 years years. 10 years is standard for most residential standard inverters, with an option to extend this up to year 20. Generally, the large commercial inverters have a 5 year standard warranty with an option to extend to year 20. Enphase micro inverters have a 25 year warranty on their 3rd generation product that they released last year. These have been a very popular choice for our customers.
Solar Racking warranty: Sometimes, even the racking manufacturers are including a warranty on their product for 10 to 20 years. Again, this is more peace of mind for our clients.
With the warranties above, and a payback generally in the 5 to 10 year range, a solar investment is like no other investment today! And don’t forget, these are only warranties, actual life of systems will be much longer.
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