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How to Maximize the ROI of Your Solar Panel

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The lifespan of the average solar array is approximately 25 years. The technological advancements will extend this lifespan.  Proper operation and maintenance are required to assure that the panels that make up the array.

Proper upkeep may help extend the life of your system. While it can take between 7-20 years to recoup on the initial investment, some things can help improve your recoup time. Operation and maintenance services will allow for you to get your maximum return on investment (ROI), as well as saving you time, frustration, and money.

Schedule Regular Inspections

While solar arrays don’t generally need much maintenance throughout their operation, but a regular checkup is best for peak performance.  You can keep your arrays operating in tip-top condition by scheduling regular maintenance dates. This practice will significantly reduce downtime and stresses that may arise unexpectedly.

As a result, you will maximize your ROI, since your system’s performance directly correlates to its upkeep.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so an annual preventative maintenance visit from a professional will cover the maintenance of all of the components of the system.

Real-Time System Monitoring

In this modern era, some online-based platforms and applications allow you to monitor the performance of your solar system in real time. These platforms and applications give readings on energy production in real time.

Access to real-time information ensures that your system is operating at its most efficient and providing the optimal levels of electricity.  Real-time notifications will alert you if there are any issues with your system.  Also, the data gathered allows you to see how energy is being used and measures that can be made to save energy.

Use Efficient Appliances

Energy efficiency doesn’t stop at the power source you use for your home. This means that the appliances that you purchase for your home are Energy Star approved.  Energy Star is an energy efficiency standard that grades appliances to determine if they use energy efficiently.

Understand that using efficient appliances eases the demand on your solar panels.   Reducing the amount of energy being used by a solar array will potentially add to the life of your solar system.  Using smart plugs and smart outlets allows for the monitoring of appliances and equipment that may be quietly draining power from your system.

Pursue Corrective Maintenance Measures

There may come a time when an issue occurs that is outside of the scope of your scheduled maintenance appointment. In these cases, corrective maintenance services protect you solar array from any unforeseen mishaps. These measures include restorations and repairs that are not covered in your regularly scheduled maintenance appointment.


To maximize the ROI of your solar panel investment, the proper care, maintenance, and monitoring or your solar systems are crucial. Homebuyers often see solar systems as a positive thing.  For instance, Columbus townhouses that feature solar-powered energy systems are sure to appeal to buyers that see the benefit in the lowered energy costs.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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