Despite the growing popularity and adoption of solar energy, there are still some common myths and misconceptions surrounding this renewable energy source.
Let’s debunk the 9 most prevalent myths about solar together below:
1. Solar Energy is Too Expensive:
One of the most persistent myths is that solar energy is costly. While it’s true that solar installation costs were higher in the past, significant advancements in technology and increased market competition have led to a substantial reduction in the price of solar panels and related equipment. Additionally, many countries offer financial incentives, tax credits, and financing options to make solar installations more affordable for homeowners and businesses. At Best Decision Solar, we always offer the BEST prices for the BEST quality in the industry!
2. Solar Panels Don’t Work in Cloudy or Cold Climates:
Solar panels can generate electricity even in cloudy or cold climates. While direct sunlight is ideal for optimal performance, solar panels can still produce energy on overcast days. As for cold climates, solar panels actually work more efficiently at cooler temperatures, which can offset the potential reduction in sunlight during winter months. We use industry-leading software, metrics from your utility bill, and other factors to help our customers decide if solar truly is the best decision for them. With honesty and integrity being our main core values, we will always provide all the information you need and will even deter you from solar if we find that your home has too much shade, not enough roof space, etc.
3. Solar Energy is Not Reliable:
Another misconception is that solar energy is unreliable because it depends on the availability of sunlight. However, solar power systems can be integrated with battery storage to store excess energy during sunny periods and use it during low-light or nighttime conditions. Moreover, solar energy can be complemented by other renewable sources and integrated into smart grids for enhanced reliability. We always recommend that our customers invest in at least one battery backup for increased reliability, especially during outages. Not only do battery backups help with dependability, but they also help store energy for cloudy or stormy days when your panels aren’t producing as much. In cold or cloudy climates, this is especially ideal.
4. Solar Panels Require Too Much Maintenance:
Solar panels are designed to be durable and require minimal maintenance. They have no moving parts, reducing the risk of mechanical failure. Occasional cleaning to remove dust and debris and a periodic check-up by professionals are usually sufficient to keep solar panels functioning efficiently for decades. With Best Decision Solar, you will get a FREE 30-year comprehensive warranty, including roof penetration and labor!
5. Solar Energy is Only for Residential Use:
While residential solar installations are widespread, solar energy is also widely used in commercial, industrial, and utility-scale applications. Many businesses, factories, and even large-scale power plants are incorporating solar energy into their operations to reduce costs and environmental impact. Even churches and other non-profit organizations invest in sustainable energy for the reliability and cost benefits it provides.
6. Solar Panels Will Damage My Roof:
Properly installed solar panels should not damage your roof. In fact, solar panels can provide added protection to the roof by acting as a barrier against the elements. Reputable installers use mounting systems designed to be safe and secure for the specific type of roof. We always use the best local installers in your area. If you ever encounter any issues with your roof after installing with us, our 30-year warranty has you covered!
7. Solar Energy is Not Powerful Enough to Meet My Needs:
The efficiency of solar panels has significantly improved over the years, allowing them to generate more power per square meter than ever before. Additionally, the use of energy storage systems allows homeowners and businesses to store excess energy for use during peak demand times, making solar a viable and reliable energy source. As we said above, we do thorough research and consider all the factors to provide you with an accurate quote. So far, we have been able to provide our customers with 100% offset or better 100% of the time. If we cannot show you that switching to solar will save you money and provide you with enough power to meet your needs, we will let you know before the day of the proposal without wasting any more of your time.
8. Solar Energy is Only for Sunny Regions:
Solar energy can be harnessed effectively in a wide range of climates, not just sunny regions. While solar panels produce more electricity in areas with abundant sunlight, they can still generate power in less sunny regions. Moreover, solar energy can be combined with other renewable sources to ensure a steady power supply in all weather conditions. Myth #2 is similar to this one, view above for more information on this subject.
9. Solar Panels Are Ugly and Will Decrease My Property Value:
Some people believe that solar panels are unattractive and will negatively impact the aesthetics of their property. However, modern solar panels come in various designs and colors, making them more visually appealing and easier to integrate into different architectural styles. Moreover, studies have shown that solar panels can actually increase the value of a property, as they are considered an attractive and desirable feature for environmentally-conscious home buyers. According to a 2021 Zillow housing trends report, “67% of homebuyers considered energy efficiency to be a ‘very to extremely important’ inclusion for a potential home”. However, please be careful who you choose to go solar with and how you set up your purchase to ensure that you gain the maximum financial benefit from your investment. For instance, if you choose to lease your panels your value is likely not going to increase since the new homeowner will not own the panels and they will have to be removed. In some cases, the lease can be transferred but it is not typical practice. Learn more about leasing your solar panels here.
In conclusion, understanding the truth about solar energy is essential for making informed decisions about adopting this clean and renewable energy source. Solar technology has come a long way and continues to play a significant role in the global transition to a more sustainable energy future.