As the population has become more and more concerned with the state of the environment, many individuals have begun to invest in renewable energy solutions to supply power to their property sustainably. Solar energy is by far the market’s most popular solution; however, as is the case with many emerging technologies, a few common misconceptions surround this renewable energy solution. These misunderstandings stem from a lack of awareness on the part of consumers, which we expect to rectify with today’s article.
Myth 1: Solar panels are ineffective in cold, rainy weather or when the sky is cloudy.
Solar panels can be used under sunny, rainy, or even cloudy conditions. Solar panels’ technology allows them to operate effectively and efficiently, and they are much more effective in colder temperatures than in warmer climates. Furthermore, while gloomy weather affects solar panels, they can still provide enough power to be a viable source of electricity. Even on cold, sunny winter days, the amount of energy generated is comparable to hot summer days when the sun is up. Germany (the world leader in solar panels), the United Kingdom, China, and Italy are examples of countries where such systems are effective.
Myth 2: When the power goes out, solar energy can still power my home.
Of course, if you are on the grid, as the power goes out, the grid system goes down with it since running electricity to wires repaired is unsafe. As a result, your inverter detects that the grid has been turned off and switches off the energy generated by solar panels. If energy security is essential to you, it may be worth investing in a solar battery, which can provide power to your home while your system is off.
Myth #3: Solar energy is outrageously costly and thus uneconomical.
In reality, if we look at data from 2009 to 2015, we can see that solar panel investments have been steadily increasing as they become more affordable. Their average costs have decreased by about 30%. Solar energy is currently cheaper to generate electricity than coal on a global scale. If you have questions about the economics of solar, one of our seasoned solar designers will be able to break down the costs and projected profits to demonstrate why we think solar power is one of the better investments you can make!
Myth #4: Solar installation is complicated and needs a lot of maintenance.
In reality, as long as you use a trustworthy manufacturer, solar panel installation is straightforward. Solar panels management is straightforward, with any faults being immediately visible on the monitoring portal or inverter. Solar panels do self-clean to a degree, but it is recommended by most manufacturers that you have them cleaned annually. Solar panels sold on the Australian market are designed to survive extreme weather conditions such as hail, sleet, and storms, meaning that it is rare that the weather damages them. Solar panels need relatively little maintenance due to the lack of moving components; if you suspect something is wrong, it is essential to always consult with your solar supplier and never handle the panels yourself.
Myth 5: Solar panels can cause roof damage.
This couldn’t be more false! Solar panels directly shield and preserve the part of the roof that they occupy. Since the panels are not fixed now to the top, solar panels can quickly relocate if any part of the ceiling needs to be restored. If there are any pre-existing cracks between the rooftop and the solar panels, a sealant is usually used to fill them before installation unless they are too significant to seal this way. Furthermore, solar racking is covered by a metal “flashing,” and the panels are reinforced with tempered glass to have an additional layer of protection.
Myth #6: Optimisers are a waste of money
Optimized systems not only improve your system’s performance but also protect your panel from issues related to shading and dusting that can cripple a regular string system. This technology is hugely popular internationally and is the highest standard of safety available residentially.
Myth #7: Installing solar panels would make it more challenging to sell your house.
Solar panels will probably boost the value of your house. According to several surveys, homes with solar panels sell quicker than homes without solar panels. Solar panels cost between $5,000 and $8,000, but they save you money in the long run because they increase the value of your house by up to $14,000 on average, depending on how much it would be worth.
Myth #8: The size of your house determines the cost of solar panels.
While the predominant limiting factor on most PV systems is the size of a roof, there is always the potential of installing a ground-mounted solar system if a customer has suitable land available. These systems are significantly more expensive; it is often the only solution that more significant properties can overcome limited roof space. Like all solar systems, it will pay itself back eventually while constantly providing value to its owner.
Myth 9: Why invest in renewable energy if we can use clean coal?
Because coal is not renewable, solar power is a cleaner energy source than “clean coal.” One of the dirtiest fossil fuels is coal. Owing to the blasting of mountaintops and creating a pond of black slurry along its course, coal mining is responsible for various health problems. The more coal we burn, the more harm we do to the atmosphere, as it raises mercury and smog levels, as well as carbon dioxide, resulting in more harmful environmental effects.
Myth 10: Beyond their life span, solar panels are harmful to the environment.
Solar panels are intended to last for at least 25 years before being recycled. This is dependent on the solar panel manufacturer you choose, but determining if panels can recycle them is problematic since most solar panels are already operational. Furthermore, some factories will recycle them for you at no cost.