What have we not heard about solar energy? It is only for the beautiful, too expensive, unaesthetic, etc. Despite the significant rise in awareness of renewable energies and the growing adoption of home solar systems, inaccuracies and half-truths about solar energy are still circulating. We wanted to dedicate this post to making order and dispelling some of the biggest myths.
1. Solar energy is too expensive
The prices of home solar panels (home solar panels) have dropped by about 70% over the last 7 years, so today the cost of a solar system for home electricity generation is not high compared to the past and in fact it is the cheapest alternative to home electricity generation.
Solar energy and household solar electricity can be produced at a cheap price compared to all the polluting fossil fuels – coal, oil, and natural gas. An average system will yield a double-digit return at a very low-risk level and will return the investment between 6 and 8 years.
Many purchase routes allow great flexibility in financing the systems, including the option of a full loan or alternatively solar leasing – where you switch to a solar system without paying a dime.
2. I will not live in the house long enough to recoup the investment on the system
The return on investment in installing a solar system on the roof depends on the output of the system, which varies from house to house, but on average you see a return on investment after 6-8 years. Thinking of selling the house before?
Excellent, the new buyers are expected to enter the house without an electricity bill – which of course increases the value of the property accordingly. Some cities and states already are looking at community solar energy which is going to also be just as effective.
3. A solar system does not work well in winter
Inaccurate. Home solar panels function excellently even on cold and sunny days. Germany is a great example of a country with about half the solar potential of a company such as Greece, but with one of the highest solar energy adoption rates in the world.
Therefore, solar power also works on light in general too which means it is possible to make it work.
4. Solar panels will not look good on my roof
Of course, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the visibility of solar panels has improved significantly over the last decade. There are various techniques for reducing the visibility of solar panels and installation works of solar systems tailored to the personal needs of customers.
The aesthetics of the system and the way it fits on the roof are very important to us, and a good company will always share with you before they set out what the end result will look like.
5. Solar panels require constant maintenance
Unlike your boiler, a solar system has no moving parts or liquids that produce corrosion, the panels are very durable and require minimal maintenance. It is recommended to perform an annual inspection of the construction and output of the solar system, and to clean the panel surface twice a year.
Solar panels are durable, but if you prefer to avoid cleaning the panels, there are people who are happy to do this for you.
6. Solar panels will become more efficient, I should wait for the technology to improve and prices to continue to fall
Not true. Although in these very moments, the best experts in the world are working on improving the efficiency of solar cells, the technology today is sufficiently mature, stable, and advanced. In fact, we can say that we have been using more or less the same solar technology since the 1960s.
It will be worth waiting 5 years to buy the system, assuming that the prices of solar panels have dropped by more than 60% – which of course is unlikely to happen.
7. It will need batteries or accumulators to save the electricity generated
The vast majority of solar homes do not use batteries to store energy. As part of a net meter arrangement, the surplus electricity goes to the electricity company and is credited, which can be used at night or on cloudy winter days – so the electricity company is actually a big battery that stores the electricity for you.
Today it is possible to add a battery to a home, but as stated, this is a component that is not necessary and is still expensive in relation to its usefulness.
KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad