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9 Myths of Solar Energy Exposed

June 21, 2019

The demand for the renewable sector is in a surge today. In order to tackle global emission problems, a new plethora of solar energy technologies is been invented. But with development in technologies, the myths of solar energies are also rising. The fossil fuel tycoons are not agreeing with the claims made by the solar industry. As a result, there is a lot of confusion and myths circulating among consumers. It’s time to expose some of the myths and that’s what this blog aims to do.

So let’s get started… 

Myth #1 Solar Panels do not Work Well in Cold Climate 

Fact – Many solar panels actually do work in cold and a faint cloudy climate. The technology is developed keeping the weather condition of a geographical area in mind. Cooler temperature with not too much clouds actually facilitates the easy flow of electricity through the panels. The cloudy weather does not inhibit the process as there is enough sunlight to produce the required amount of power. Cold sunny winter produces an acceptable amount of electricity when compared to summer conditions. Examples of countries where such systems are efficient are Germany (world leader of solar panels), the UK, China and Italy. 

Myth #2 Solar Energy is Too Costly and Not Economically Feasible 

Fact – If we look at figures produced in the last decade, the prices of technologies like solar panels, inverters, and installation fees has reduced dramatically. The investments in solar technologies have gone up, resulting in the rising of new innovations. Due to high competition, there is a race among companies to provide the most affordable solar panels. The average price of producing electricity through solar panels has dropped by 30% globally.  Today it is actually cheaper to produce energy through solar panels than fossil fuels. 

Myth#3 Solar Panel Installation is Complicated and a High Maintenance Job

Fact – Solar panel installation is quite straight forward, as long as you are using a reliable dealer. Ideally, the system is connected to your utility grid, which is common among electrical utilities, making it easier to maintain. They just need to be periodically cleaned to remove any accumulated dust, leaves and other debris blocking the sunlight. Solar panels are designed to be durable and require low maintenance. Many installers recommend an annual inspection of solar panels and other related accessories.  Plus, if you lease the panels and system, maintenance is typically provided by the leasing company. Keep in mind, panels with tracking subsystems may require additional maintenance and care. It is always recommended to know as much about maintaining and operating your solar panel.

Myth#4 Solar Panels Cause Damage to Your Roof 

Fact – The solar panel actually benefits the roof they are mounted upon. Professional installers can place solar panels on any roof pitch, angle, and condition. They do not damage the roof they are mounted on, and in some cases even protect it from unlikely events. In case the panels are sitting on the roof that is already damaged, the panel can be easily removed since they are just mounted on top of it. Usually, if there are gaps between the rooftop and panels, a sealant is used. The panels are protected using metal coverings to provide additional protection. Always, make sure your roof is damage free before installing the solar panels. 

Myth#5 Solar Panels Store Excess Sunlight In Batteries

Fact –  The vast majority of home solar panels do not store excess energy in batteries. If you are living on a grid, your system is connected to an electricity grid, thus you would benefit from the net metering scheme. Additionally, if you are connected to the grid, you can still use your local electrical utilities. So if you produce additional electricity in the day time, the energy gets credited in your account. Therefore, if you need more energy in the absence of sunlight, you end up utilizing the extra energy to power your home from the grid. The switch happens automatically and you won’t notice anything unusual. 

Myth#6 Solar Panel Requires A Tracking System To Follow The Sun

Fact – This factor depends upon how experienced your solar company is in handling solar panel installation. Typically the panels are designed and mounted in such a way that it gets maximum exposure to the sun and hence a tracking system is not required. No two solar panel can be fitted similarly. The calculations need to be exactly measured before mounting the solar panels. Some modern solar panels use the tracking system to adjust panels throughout the day. But the additional expense may not be worth the expense. 

Myth#7 Solar Panels Depreciate the Value of Your House 

Fact – Actually, it is quite the opposite. Solar panels would enhance the value of your property. Homes installed with solar panels sell faster than the regular homes. Although the initial investment in solar is higher, it will pay you in the long run as an increased cost of the house. Solar is an emerging technology and everyone knows how important it is to save the electricity bills, Solar panels could actually be a Unique selling point in your proposal.  

Myth#8 Solar Panel Prices are based on the Size of Your Home   

Fact – Solar panels are designed to accommodate the needs of each individual homeowner. The main criteria are the roof slope and the amount of space available on your roof. The surrounding area of the roof is also considered to maximize the amount of sunlight received by the solar panels. 

Myth#9 There is No Financial Incentive Provided By the State 

Fact – Almost every state in India has some or the other kind of financial incentive for using solar energy. The government is trying hard to push solar energy in the market and hence they are implementing various schemes and tax benefits for the citizens. 

Solar is the future of energy, I guess it’s high time now that we burst the myths surrounding this clean energy. Both solar energy companies and the Government should advertise the positives of solar energy and create awareness about Global warming. Installing solar panels is a worthwhile investment for homeowners. They ensure greater sustainability, reduced utility bills and in the long run, save money in your pocket.

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