Debunking Myths About Solar
Homeowners are starting to see a trend with solar. Even though it’s been around since the 1960’s as a way to harness the sun and generate power, there are still many questions and myths about the technology, and it’s capabilities. You may have heard some of these myths, and it may have been the reason that you haven’t considered installing solar for your home.
Here are six common myths debunked about solar:
MYTH #1: Solar panels won’t work in cloudy or raining weather. It may seem obvious because the sun is needed to collect and generate electricity to run your home. In fact, it is more effective with direct sunlight. But most PV panels can still produce energy on a cloudy or raining day. This is called the “edge of cloud” effect. The edge of cloud effect, is when the sun passes over the outer edge of a cloud, magnifying the sunlight. There is a sudden burst of energy that produces more power than normal. The intense light causes your solar system to boost power output temporarily, which can help balance out losses from any sort of cloud cover. To learn more, check out the blog post here (hyper link: http://skyway-es.com/domysolarpanelslgenerateelectricitywhenitscloudyorraining/)
MYTH #2: Solar panels are too expensive. Solar is now readily available, and costs for solar modules have dramatically decreased. Now there are multiple options available with financing. Your contractor will be able to determine the cost of your system, as they will vary by home, size of the solar system and by homeowners usage. It is also recommended to take advantage of the solar investment tax credits, or ITC that your local and state governments offer. To learn more, check out the blog post here (hyperlink: http://skyway-es.com/will-solar-become-less-expensive-if-i-wait-a-few-years/)
MYTH #3: An solar system installation will hurt my homes resale value. With many more homeowners choosing to remodel their home to be more energy efficient, upgrade to a solar system or energy star appliances, buyers are looking to invest in homes that will save them money in the future. A recent analysis revealed that solar panels add between three and four percent to the value of a home. Buyers are willing to pay a premium of up to $15,000 for a home with a standard sized solar system, versus a home without it. It’s because of this finding, that appraisers are factoring in the value of sustainable features into the home value. To learn more, check out our blog post here (hyperlink: http://skyway-es.com/solar-and-the-value-of-your-home/)
MYTH #4: Solar technology will get more efficient, so i should wait? Solar technology hasn’t changed since it was developed in the early 1960’s. Over time, it has moderately changed. Most panels produced can last up to 20 years, with installers guaranteeing warranties to last up to 25 years, making it a highly efficient and dependable energy source.To learn more, check out our blog post here (hyperlink: http://skyway-es.com/will-solar-become-less-expensive-if-i-wait-a-few-years/)
MYTH #5: When the power goes out, my home still have power. Although you may have solar, your home is still attached to the grid. So if the grid goes out, so does your home. If your solar system is equipped with a batter backup, your home will still be powered, but for short period of time. One of the main reasons this happens, is safety. Power needs to be shut down in order for workers to come in and safely restore power to the grid. To learn more, check out our blog post here (hyperlink: http://skyway-es.com/if-the-power-goes-out-what-happens-to-my-solar-system/)
MYTH #6: Solar panels aren’t a good look on the roof. Solar has become a trend in home improvement, so many homeowners are seeing the benefits. You trust your neighbors opinion enough to take their advice when they say they’re saving money with solar, and are excited about it, which makes you excited too. You’ll also find those types of neighbors that live constantly with the current trends, or install solar to be the first in the neighborhood to do so. Green-minded households don’t want to be one-upped by their neighbors installing panels. So they go buy their own. If you see that your neighbor is putting up panels, suddenly the possibility becomes more concrete. In any case despite who want chooses to go solar first, everyone reaps the benefits of solar. To learn more, check out our blog post here (hyperlink: http://skyway-es.com/what-are-the-benefits-when-multiple-people-in-a-community-or-neighborhood-go-solar/)
Truth is solar is more readily available than ever before. It’s affordable for anyone and will save your family money in the long run, while reducing the carbon footprint and preserving our mother earth. For more info on solar for your home, contact one of our helpful representatives and Get a FREE Quote Today!