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Debunking 5 Solar Energy Myths

Jessica PirroJune 16, 20206630

If you decide to go solar, there’s going to be a lot of myths you encounter. These myths about solar energy can seem to be true, but they are far from the truth. Today we are going to debunk some of these solar energy myths!

Debunking 5 Solar Energy Myths

Solar Panels Are Too Expensive to Install

This has been a myth that has been around for quite some time. A lot of people have been told that solar panels are going to be too expensive, but this just isn’t true. Maybe at one point, it was true, but now the cost of solar panels has fallen. The initial cost of a residential solar panel installation is going to vary depending on a few different factors. The size of both the home and the solar power system is going to be the main factor that will determine the cost of the solar panel installation.

The cost of a solar panel installation is going to vary, and you can reduce the cost of your solar power system. If you want to reduce the cost of your solar panel installation you are going to want to find out the solar incentives that are in your area. You can also want to calculate how much power you are going to need to produce with your solar power system and take care of any permits or the pre-installation requirements. You can also ask your solar installer if you have any questions about any further reductions, ask your solar installer.

The Government Will Give You Free Solar Panels

If you have researched solar panels, chances are you have seen an advertisement for “free” solar panels. But this isn’t true, you can get a solar panel installation with $0 down with a solar loan or lease. But the government is not going to give you free solar panels.

The government isn’t going to cover the cost of the solar panel installation. They are going to subsidize the upfront cost of solar panels through different solar incentives. The federal investment tax credit (ITC) is going to offer you 26% of the cost of solar. Depending on where you live, your state or local government might also provide additional solar incentives that will help lower the cost of solar, but they won’t ever be free.

Solar Panels Don’t Work In The Heat

This is going to be completely false! This is quite a common myth but there’s a little bit of truth behind this myth. There is going to be a slight reduction in the efficiency of a solar panel when it is hot outside. This does not mean that they aren’t going to work at all. Solar panels, need the sun’s rays to create solar power, and when it is hot out, the sun is out. Solar energy production may slow down a little bit, but the solar panels are still going to produce solar power!

Solar Panels Can Damage Your Roof

Some people are hesitant to get a solar panel installation because they have heard it is going to damage their rooftop. Solar panels are going to benefit the portion of their roof they cover by protecting and preserving it. In the rare event that the roof is damaged, the solar panels are going to be pretty easily removed because they aren’t directly attached to the roof, they are mounted on the top of the roof. If there are any gaps between the rooftop and the solar panels, sealant will be used to fill in the gaps. The mounts are going to be protected by using metal flashing for an extra barrier for protection. Always remember to be sure that your roof is damage-free before you get a solar panel installation.

Solar Panels Won’t Work When It’s Cloudy

This is by far the most common solar energy myth. A lot of people who live in climates that aren’t always sunny don’t want to get a solar panel installation, because they heard that solar panels don’t produce solar power if it’s cloudy. The fact of the matter is, even when it is cloudy, clouds aren’t going to completely block the sunlight, if they did, it would be completely dark out. The amount of solar power that is going to be generated when it’s cloudy is going to depend on the type of cloud and how thick it is.

If the clouds are thin layers, they can scatter the sunlight, which can increase the solar power generation. When the clouds are considered ‘normal’ the solar power generation can fall by 60 to 80%, this is going to depend on the time of day and the time of year. Obviously, in the summertime, solar power production is going to be much higher than it is in the winter when the clouds are there. But if there are thunderstorms or when the clouds are dark, the solar power production can be reduced to 5 or 10%, when compared to straight sunshine.

So the solar power generation is going to be reduced when it is cloudy outside, but the clouds will not eliminate solar power production.

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