10 Common Solar Myths
The number of solar installations continues to grow every year. Despite this phenomenal growth, some people still believe some common myths about solar power. Let’s look at the top 10 myths and the real story behind them.
#1 Solar doesn’t work well in colder climates
Actually, it works better in colder climates due to the fact that cold enhances electrical conductivity.
#2 Solar will get more efficient, so I need to wait.
The current technology used on solar panels has been around since the 1960s. While research is ongoing, there’s no huge leap in efficiency on the horizon.
#3 I’m not planning on staying in my home long-term, so I wouldn’t get any return if I installed solar.
Solar panels can actually pay for themselves within 6 to 15 years. If you add in federal and state tax credits, you could even see a return in 4 years or so. Plus, solar can increase resale value by $10,000 to $15,000.
#4 You need to install a tracking system so the panels follow the sun’s position.
Most solar panels are installed in a fixed position that maximizes their exposure to the sun. So, tracking isn’t necessary. Some newer systems do use tracking, but it adds a lot of costto the installation.
#5 Snow and clouds prevent solar panels from operating efficiently.
Snow and clouds do reduce the amount of energy produced by solar panels. However, they still work quite efficiently. Panels are usually installed at an angle to prevent snow accumulation.
#6 If I have solar panels installed, it will make my house look unattractive.
Solar panel installers can position panels in different locations to minimize their appearance from street level. They can also be installed in the yard. Solar shingles are a less visually obvious alternative.
#7 Solar arrays need constant maintenance.
Actually, they require minimal maintenance. Installer do recommend an inspection every year to ensure the panels are working correctly. If you lease panels, the leasing company will handle maintenance and inspections.
#8 Installing solar panels will damage the roof of my home
Experienced installers will not damage the roof. The solar panels help protect the roof from the elements, which can help extend its life.
#9 States are no longer offering incentives for residential solar power installations.
Actually, almost every state does offer some sort of incentive. Do some research and find out if your state does. The federal government is currently offering a 30% tax credit for a solar installation.
#10 Solar panels store extra energy in battery arrays.
Most home solar systems don’t store energy. They actually send any excess energy back to the power grid. Homeowners get credit for this shared energy on their energy bills.
Don’t let these myths fool
you about solar. Learn about it for yourself.