Today’s homeowners know that sustainability isn’t just a passing phase. It really is a way of life for many Americans, especially if you live in California. But even if you feel pressure to switch to renewable energy sources, you might have some reservations about contacting local solar companies to explore the possibility of installing a solar energy system. In the majority of cases, those reservations are based on misinformation. In today’s post, we’ll be shedding a light on some common misconceptions pertaining to solar energy and the panels you might install on your roof.

MYTH: Solar Panels Are Too Expensive

Truth: There was a time when solar energy might not have been accessible to the masses. Like any type of new technology, these panels weren’t exactly affordable when they first appeared on the marketplace. But as time has gone on and advancements have been made, PV panels have become much less expensive. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the average cost of solar PV panels has actually decreased by more than 60% since 2010, meaning that it’s now become possible for homeowners all across the country to install these systems. Keep in mind that there are also tax incentives available for many solar installations, as well as the potential for loans and leases. What’s more, it’s highly probable that you’ll start seeing savings on your electricity bill before too long. While there may be some investment up front, these systems do help you save money in the long term.

MYTH: Solar Panels Don’t Work When It’s Cloudy

Truth: A lot of people assume that if they can’t see the sun, their solar system panels won’t be able to harvest energy from it. That’s actually not true at all. Germany is the world’s leader in per capita solar energy generation, but it’s not known for being a particularly sunny country. Your solar PV panels will continue to convert any and all available sunlight into electricity, whether or not the weather wants to cooperate. Although most Californians won’t have to worry about this, these panels can work even when it’s cold and snowy. Although sunny and clear days are admittedly the best for solar energy generation, your panels will work perfectly fine even if it’s overcast or foggy.

MYTH: Solar Panel Installation Will Make My Home Look Unappealing

Truth: Back when solar installations were first becoming more popular, they weren’t exactly pleasing to the eye. But since that time, both the technology and the visual appeal of solar panels have improved significantly. In addition, your solar company can install your panels in ways that will minimize the visual impact, if that’s a cause for concern. Solar installations won’t harm your roof either, assuming you work with a reputable company. Don’t forget that installing these panels on your roof will actually have a positive impact on your home’s value. That means no one will view your solar installation in a negative light.

MYTH: Solar Installation Requires Too Much Maintenance

Truth: Actually, solar panels require very little maintenance. These arrays are built to withstand the elements, which means you won’t have to constantly replace panels or parts. Most solar system installations also have automatic components that will prevent electrical surge damage. A bi-yearly cleaning and an annual inspection are typically all that will be needed to keep your solar installation running as it should.

Now that you know the real story about solar panel installations, you can feel confident in your choice to switch to a renewable energy source. To learn more about our services and products, please contact us today.