The solar industry continues to grow at record numbers, but that doesn’t stop the myths from coming. If anything, the rise in popularity of residential and commercial solar systems results in more questions, more talk, and unfortunately, more misconceptions.
AllSeason Solar is here to clear up some of the most persistent misunderstandings that people have about solar panels. By educating yourself, you can learn honest, accurate information about solar power and whether or not it’s right for you.
Myth #1. Solar panels are only effective in warm, sunny states.
Solar technology has significantly improved over the years, making it feasible for most properties. Snowy or cloudy conditions may affect the amount of energy that is produced, but the panels can still work. In fact, cold, sunny conditions are typically best because the electricity is able to flow freely. So, if you live in a not-so-sunny state like Indiana or Illinois, you can benefit just as much as the next person.
Myth #2. Regular upkeep is required for a solar system.
Solar panels are built to be strong, durable, and low maintenance. It is recommended to have an inspection each year to ensure that everything is in good working condition. Other than that, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. Plus, you have some help in your favor. Solar structures tend to include extensive warranties. If you lease the system, the leasing company will provide the maintenance. You just have to place the phone call!
Myth #3. Solar energy is expensive to get started with.
Many people recognize that once they are set up with a residential solar system, they can start saving money on their electric bill. It’s getting set up that worries them. There are a couple of ways to pay for solar panels.
First, you can purchase the system with a loan where you will have loan payments and interest each month. The benefit is that you receive all tax incentives and rebates. Or, you can lease the system for as little as $0 down. You won’t get the incentives, but the payments are affordable and you are not required to do any maintenance.
Myth #4. Rooftop solar systems are unattractive.
The appearance of rooftop panels is open to opinion, as it’s possible for some people not to like them. That said, most people do not feel that they take away from the natural beauty of a home. Also, solar power is growing in popularity, which means the installers have many ways of positioning the panels to reduce their impact, including on the ground.
Myth #5. Installing panels on a roof can cause damage.
Another thing that people worry about is having their rooftops damaged. This is just another myth as solar structures do not put any additional wear and tear on the roof. In fact, they can protect the roof from snow, rain and ice. In some cases, the panels will be installed a couple of inches above the shingles for maximum airflow.
We hope this information has cleared up any inconsistencies you may have heard about solar power. If you have more questions, call AllSeason Solar. We’ll be happy to explain the installation process in more detail.