Solar panels have risen in popularity over the past several years, thanks largely to the world’s growing concern for our environment.
But despite being more popular than ever, there’s still a lot of confusion about solar panels and how they work.
We’re here to clear up some of these common misconceptions, so you know what’s myth and what’s fact.
Myth #1: Solar panels only work when it’s sunny
Fact: While it’s true that solar panels work best when it’s sunny, it’s wrong to think they won’t work at all when it’s cloudy. While it’s true that the energy output of solar panels is reduced when it’s overcast, energy output does not stop completely during cloudy weather. The level at which energy output drops will depend on the nature and quantity of cloud cover you’re experiencing.
Myth #2: Solar panels don’t work well in cold climates
Fact: Actually, it’s the opposite – solar panels work best when it’s cold and sunny. Electricity conducts better through metal in colder temperatures, making your system more efficient in colder temperatures than hotter ones. Given the same amount of sunlight, solar panels in cold environments (within reason, of course) will produce more power than those in hotter ones. So, if you live in a place with a colder climate, you’ll be glad to know you’ll still generate power as long as you get enough sunlight.
Myth #3: Solar panels are too expensive
Fact: Solar panels are much more affordable than most people think – especially today. While this may have been true when solar panels were new and introduced on the mass market several decades ago, they’re in fact cheaper than ever. It’s also worth checking with your state government to see what solar rebates are on offer – making solar even more affordable for the average homeowner.
Myth #4: I’ll only get returns on my investment several decades later
Fact: Early adopters of solar panels may have needed to wait decades to get their full money’s worth from solar panels, but it’s an entirely different scenario today. Yes, solar panels are investments whose returns you’ll often get back in full in the future. But today’s solar panel systems provide returns much sooner than those in the past – thanks to ever-improving technologies and government rebates. With solar panels becoming cheaper and more efficient than ever, you can expect big savings and ROIs sooner than later.
Myth #5: Solar panels are high-maintenance and require constant upkeep
Fact: Solar power systems may look complex, but they’re far simpler and easier to maintain than they look. Yes, they do need maintenance occasionally to maintain their condition – but that’s something you leave to professionals anyway. Once you have them installed and fully set up, there’s not much else to do besides using them and scheduling regular solar panel maintenance from technicians.
Need more information?
If you need more facts and clarifications about any aspect of solar power, feel free to have a chat with us to get the answers you need. We’ll be more than happy to provide the right information, so you can decide whether solar power is right for your property.