While most of us are interested in the benefits of solar energy, there is some confusing information out about solar panels. Prepare to be enlightened on what is and what isn’t true about going green with solar panels.
Myth: Solar panels will damage my roof
On the contrary, solar panels protect and preserve the portion of roof they cover. Quality solar installations are done with all the best practices required by roofing and weather proofing code, just like if you were getting a new roof.
Myth: Solar panels require no maintenance
Since solar panels do not have any moving parts, they don’t require significant routine maintenance. But annual Operations & Maintenance or O&M costs should be presented to you in your agreement up front. Solar is a big investment and it's better to check up on it at least once per year rather than waiting for something to go wrong.
Myth: Solar panels need to be clean to work properly
If you live in a dry, dusty, desert climate, some panel manufacturers recommend hosing them down once a year. But if you live in South Florida, you can simply let the torrential afternoon rain do the cleaning for them. You should never climb on your roof to clean your solar system - it's not safe. Leave it to the pros.
Myth: Solar will cost more than I will receive back in savings
The price of solar power has been decreasing rapidly. Many customers report excellent savings and enjoy the price predictability throughout their loan agreement. Our customers typically pay less each month for their solar energy than they do from the same power from their fossil fuel power company.
Myth: Solar systems require fossil fuel (a diesel generator) as a back-up energy source
Today’s solar systems are attached to a grid, meaning they have access to electricity provided by power stations during times when solar energy is not available, like at night or during cloudy days. Throughout the day any excess energy your solar system produces is sent back to the grid. If your utility offers net-metering, you are credited at full fair retail rate for the energy lowering your bill even further. Also, there is a great battery backup option with Tesla Powerwall, which is included in the ITC tax credit.
Myth: Opting for solar energy will have a negative impact on my quality of life
A solar energy system will reduce your dependence on the grid (leading to energy savings), but will still allow all your energy demands to be met. You still have complete control over when you use your energy and what you plug in.
Myth: I should wait for further advances in solar technology to increase its efficiency
Unlike many other technological devices, solar technology has not really changed since the 1960s. Additionally, any further improvement is more likely to result in a reduced number of panels needed rather than increased overall efficiency. Each year, month, week or day you wait is another dollar you are paying to the fossil fuel energy company with zero return on your investment or contribution to the environment.
The biggest reality is that today’s solar energy systems present an exciting opportunity for homeowners to recognize positive social, environmental and financial benefits.