As solar energy becomes popular to more people, people are asking a lot of questions. We hear the same bits of misinformation every day. Here are some common solar energy misconceptions and their truths.
Myth #1: I should wait for newer technology.
Solar technology has changed little since the 1960s. It’s become a bit more efficient, but the real improvements have been in our ability to make panels and training the technicians to install them. You’ll benefit the most by installing now and reaping the cost savings.
Myth #2: Any energy I don’t use is wasted.
It’s quite possible to collect more energy than your home needs and send this energy back to the grid, where the electric company is obligated to pay you for it. Think of the power grid like a bank: you can deposit and withdraw energy at any time.
Myth #3: All the rebates have expired.
There are plenty of solar rebate programs all over the country, especially here in the Connecticut. There are federal programs and programs with your local utility company. Plus, with the recent creation of SRECs in Connecticut, you can further reduce your cost.
Myth #4: Solar energy is just a trend.
The U.S. military, NASA, thousands of homeowners, and even telecommunications and oil companies have been using solar for a long time because of its dependability. It’s becoming the right choice for more people every year.
Myth #5: Solar doesn’t work for me because it’s cloudy or there’s snow on the panels.
While the panels operate most efficiently in direct sunlight, any UV light will turn into electricity. This means they work on cloudy days. When they’re covered in snow, they won’t collect sunlight, but the panels are easy to brush off. In Connecticut, we get more sun per year than Germany where solar is on 40% of homes and businesses.
Myth #6: It’s harder to sell a home with solar panels
On the contrary, the Department of Energy has found that homes with solar panels sell twice as fast as homes without. Homebuyers consider solar panels a long-term investment to reduce their energy costs. Further, solar panels increase the overall value of the home.
Myth #7: Solar panels require maintenance.
The panels can go 25-40 years without needing maintenance. Occasionally you’ll have to brush any debris off the panels to keep them running efficiently, but they are quite sturdy and contain no moving parts. They are strong enough to withstand hail up to 2” in diameter.
Myth #8: I need a southern roof exposure to use solar panels.
While a southern roof helps, it’s not necessary. Systems can be designed to work well facing East and West. Another option is a flat, ground-mounted system.
Myth #9: Solar panel systems are unreliable.
Actually, solar systems are more reliable than the power grid. They have no moving pieces to wear down and you aren’t subject to accidents or problems on the other side of the grid. Essentially, there are fewer variables. Solar energy is used in vital systems like railroad crossings, navigational buoys, and airport systems because it’s so reliable.
Written by Joe Chenoweth, President of Smart Roofs
Located in Trumbull, Connecticut, Smart Roofs offers premier solar panel installation and roofing services in Connecticut. Smart Roofs provides quality roofing and solar services to Fairfield County business and homeowners. Their talented roofing and solar teams will design a solution that fits your needs and sticks to your budget. They can help you reduce and even eliminate your monthly electric bill, all while raising the value of your home. Using tax benefits and recently-created SRECs, solar panel installation is more affordable than ever.
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