Solar panels are devices with long “expiration dates” because they last between 25 to 30 years. However, this does not mean that the panel will suddenly stop working after that time – it means that energy production will drop significantly and may not be sufficient to meet demand. Nevertheless, there may be other reasons besides replacement to remove solar panels, for example: transferring our PV system to another home, patching a portion of your roof or installing an entirely new roof.
Solar power systems are complicated electric components. Due to their complexity, servicing them requires professional attention. Most states require permits to remove solar panels, which increases removal costs. Check your state requirements before the removal process. Your removal cost will vary depending on your site conditions, the full scope of required work, and the travel time for the crew. The total cost of removing solar panels is between $35-75 per panel. The solar panel removal process can be expensive for larger systems and will take more time.
What usually is included in panel removing price:
- Uninstalling and disconnecting solar panels
- Removing/replacing the mounting hardware
- Permissions and inspections