There are lots of solar myths floating out around there in the world, between the media and the internet lots of people have been given false information about solar power and solar panels. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the most common myths we hear about solar, and the truth about them for you.
Myth 1: Solar Panels are too expensive:
Solar panels will undoubtedly save you money in the long run, and with financing and incentives available (depending on your location) most homeowners would be surprised to find how well solar panels can work for them financially. It is true that solar panels can be a costly initial investment when they are installed, but in actuality solar panels are more affordable than they’ve ever been, and their cost has dropped significantly over the years.
Myth 2: Solar Panels won’t work when it’s cloudy:
This one is just simply not true at all. 15 years ago solar panels did need direct sunlight to work, but solar technology has moved on just as much as every other kind. Solar panels will work at their absolute best in direct sunlight, but they are designed to capture daylight itself, not just sunlight, so they absolutely work on cloudy days. Not only can solar panels work on cloudy days, but in the UK solar panels will generate more than enough electricity to power your home, all year round.
Myth 3: You can only use solar power during the day:
Are you a glass half full or empty kind of person? You absolutely can use solar energy to power your home in the evening through solar batteries that store excess power from your solar panels and let you use it as and when you need it. BUT! Technically speaking you can only use solar power to directly power your home when your panels are generating energy, so this one is half right.
Myth 4: Solar panels will decrease my property value
Another myth that is just not true, and honestly, we just can’t work out where it came from? Studies have shown that homes with solar panels installed sell for more than homes in the same area without them installed. Solar panels can increase your homes Energy Performance Certificate rating, and are a fantastic way of mitigating your energy bills, making them something that home buyers are increasingly keeping an eye out for.
Myth 5: Solar panels will damage my roof:
Solar panels are designed to be installed on the roof, they’ve been designed and built with installation onto all different kinds of roofing materials specifically in mind, so it would be strange if they damaged your roof wouldn’t it? Solar panels can actually offer another level of protection for your roof since they will protect it from the elements and extend its life.
We hope this has cleared a few things up, and dispelled a few doubts you might have had about solar panels!