You can’t argue the fact that solar energy is up and coming in the ranks of renewable energy. With recent job reports claiming there are more jobs in Solar than in Fossil Fuels (Another myth to be discussed at a later time), you can see that solar power is on the rise. So let’s take another spin on this and bust some myths when it comes to solar power for your home. Here are five myths about solar panels that you MUST know!
Myth 1: If you live in a cold climate, solar panels won’t work for you.
It’s quite the opposite. Solar panels work better in cooler climates compared to hot climates. The cold increases conductivity and allows electricity to flow more efficiently. In fact once temperatures rise over a certain level, the electricity production from the solar panel begins decreasing, meaning your panels are LESS efficient.
Myth 2: Solar power technology is advancing at such a rapid rate, I should wait to install panels on my home.
Nope. We’ve been using the same basic solar panel technology since the 1960’s. Yes, companies are working to improve efficiencies, but the incremental gains are so minimal you’re not losing out on much by investing now. If you decide solar panels are the way you want to go, there’s no reason to wait on technology.
Myth 3: I’m not sure how long I’m going to live in my home. I’ll never make my money back!
When you install solar panels on your home it increases the resale value of your home an average of $15,000. On top of that, depending on where you’re located the panels can pay for themselves with savings on your power bill in about 10-15 years. (sometimes sooner)
Myth 4: Solar panels don’t work in cloudy conditions.
It’s true that snowy and cloudy weather can decrease the amount of energy your solar panel produces, but they can still work efficiently in these conditions. If you live in the Northeast, they can position your panels at an angle that allows the snow to slide off. If you live in the Northwest, the rain actually helps clean and wash the panels of debris, helping them be more efficient. While weather does have an impact, solar panels are still an effective power source. Just ask Germany.
Myth 5: My state doesn’t offer financial incentives for installing solar panels.
Before you say that, you should look into the solar energy incentives and policies for your state. At this point nearly every state in the U.S. has some form of tax incentive for solar power. And even if your state doesn’t offer any incentives, the federal government offers a 30% tax credit for solar panel systems installed before 2020.
There you have it, the truth about solar panels. I know this article may sound like an advertisement for a solar panel company, but it’s not. Just busting some myths