5 Myths about Solar and the Facts

Myth #1

Solar panels don’t work in the winter or when it’s cloudy.

 Fact

Contrary to common belief, solar panels are absolutely functional in both the winter and on cloudy days. PV systems operate in response to sunlight, not heat, making them perfectly effective in the winter. Although solar panels have the highest efficiency with direct sunlight, they also function with indirect light. Sunlight that is blocked or reflected by clouds can still get the job done.

 Myth #2

Solar PV systems can only be installed on rooftops.

Fact

Solar installation can take many forms. For example, BIPV systems allow for solar technology and architecture integration. Solar carports utilize existing parking lot space for solar installation, serving as a resourceful means of energy production.

 Myth #3

Solar PV systems are too expensive to purchase.

Fact

Solar panel prices have fallen dramatically over the last few decades, and the opportunity for net metering can bring back returns very quickly. In many areas of the world, upfront solar installation costs are minimized by incentive support, such as tax credits and subsidies. Solar systems also add value to your home, increasing savings down the road.

 Myth #4

Solar PV systems require a lot of maintenance.

Fact

PV systems are self-functioning, requiring very little upkeep after installation. With no moving parts, technology breakdown is also very unlikely. PV panels are installed in a position that enables them to receive maximum sunlight, most homeowners find that panels may only need to be cleaned once a year if at all, as rain keeps them more than clean from smaller debris.

 Myth#5

Solar PV systems are noisy.

Fact

While some renewable and traditional forms of energy production generate noise, solar panels operate silently, making them a convenient and favorable system.

 

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