With the explosive growth of solar over the past few years, it’s not hard to find a good reason to get started with solar. But there are still many opposed to it, due in large part to a few common misconceptions around solar. Explore some of these myths below to help arm yourself with the information to combat these mistruths.
Myth #1 – Solar energy is too expensive
While solar energy installation may have seemingly high upfront costs, the long-term benefits usually outweigh the initial investment especially as the prices of panels continue to decrease while the cost of energy increases. We usually see investment payback time frames of 8 to 15 years, but sometimes sooner. In addition, solar loans allow you to keep your upfront costs low and see immediate savings on your monthly bills.
Myth #2 – Solar energy is unreliable and inconsistent
As we see more and more news-worthy stories of electrical grid failures and power outages, reliability becomes a more important aspect of our energy sources. Fortunately, solar energy systems can be equipped with energy storage solutions to store excess energy generated during the day for use during cloudy periods or at night. This ensures a continuous and reliable power supply even when the grid is stressed or power lines are down.
Myth #3 – Solar panels don’t work in cold or cloudy climates
While solar panels do rely on sunlight to generate electricity, they don’t necessarily require hot weather to function effectively. In fact, solar panels can sometimes be more efficient in colder temperatures than in extremely hot conditions. Cold temperatures can actually reduce resistance in the electrical circuits, enhancing the performance of solar panels. The fact is solar energy can be harnessed anywhere the sun shines.
Myth #4 – Solar panels are not aesthetically pleasing
Solar panels come in various designs, have a much cleaner look than the panels of 10 or 20 years ago. They can also be integrated into the architecture of a building, garage, or even a gazebo, making them more visually appealing and accessible for your home. With the ever-growing presence of solar panels in nearly every neighborhood, many are starting to recognize solar panels on a house as a powerful asset that can be associated with the property.
Myth #5 – Solar energy is a new and untested technology
Solar energy has been around for decades (with the first practical solar cell created in 1954) and is indeed now considered a mature technology. It has been extensively tested and proven to be a reliable and sustainable source of energy around the globe. Ongoing research and development continue to improve its efficiency and affordability. Explore our solar FAQs to discover more frequently asked questions and investigate more debunked myths around solar.