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Top Misconceptions About Solar Panels

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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.  

Contact one of our solar energy experts at Vinysun Solar Energy to schedule a free consultation and receive a completely optimized quote and proposal for going solar.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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