At Suntuity Solar, we hear a lot of myths about solar energy. Even though solar power is growing exponentially in the United States, there are some misconceptions that won’t fade away. If you happen to believe one of these myths, it could prevent you from installing a solar system of your own. So, to ensure that you and others are properly informed, here are four myths about solar energy and why they are false.
1. Going solar is the same as going off the grid.
Most households care about the environment and want to leave a healthy world for their children and grandchildren. But, they also enjoy the modern conveniences of electricity, running water and weekly trash pickups. We agree that these conveniences are wonderful, and many households are not ready to go off the grid.
Going solar does not mean going off the grid. In fact, most solar panel systems are tied to the grid, allowing you to save excess energy and pull from this excess when the sun goes down. Net metering policies vary by state, so it’s important to talk to your utility company about the benefits of going solar.
If you are ready to go off the grid, it is possible to install an off-grid solar system that uses solar batteries.
2. Solar panels only work in warm, sunny conditions.
Solar panels have come a long way and can be used in almost all conditions. As a matter of fact, solar panels tend to work best in cold, sunny climates! Conductivity increases in cold temperatures, allowing energy to flow more efficiently. When it’s hot outside, the solar panels heat up and produce less energy.
As for sunny conditions, it’s a fact that solar panels need the sun to generate electricity. That said, sunlight still hits the panels on cloudy days, and this sunlight is enough to convert into electricity. Some of the best states for solar are on the East Coast and include New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
3. A solar system is only worth it if you plan on staying in your home.
Solar panels are an investment, so it’s understandable that you have to consider when they will pay for themselves. However, it’s a lot sooner than most people think.
Depending on your system and location, you should see a return within 7-8 years. Some people see this return even sooner due to federal tax credits and incentives. Solar panels also increase the resale value of your home and save money on your monthly utility bills.
If you don’t have the money to pay for a PV system, consider leasing one. Even though you won’t be able to collect the tax credits and incentives, you can benefit from producing your own solar power without having to buy the system.
4. Solar systems require a lot of maintenance
We get it – the last thing you want is to add something to your home that is going to need your constant attention. Luckily, solar panel systems are not one of them. These arrays are built to be durable and long-lasting, and many installers offer warranties for the life of the system. Most systems only need a simple cleaning once a year to keep the panels operating efficiently.
If you lease your system, you don’t have to worry about maintenance at all. The company owns the system and will provide all maintenance and repairs. But, because solar panels don’t have any moving parts, the chances of them needing repairs are slim to none.
Are you ready to learn more about adding a solar system to your home? Contact Suntuity Solar to explore your options.