Top 05 Solar Energy Myths
The demand for renewable forms of energy is on the rise in order to lessen the effects of global warming our environment faces due to increased pollution. We are surrounded by a excess of renewable energies, especially solar energy, which has the potential to be used year round.
Myth 1: Solar panels do not work in cold snowy weather or when it is cloudy.
Fact : Solar panels work in sunny, cold, and even cloudy environments. The technologies of solar panels allow them to work effectively and efficiently and are even more effective in cooler temperatures than warmer ones. In addition, cloudy weather does not inhibit the efficiency of solar panels to a large extent; they can still be a viable source of electricity as they can still produce enough power. Even cold, sunny winter days generate a comparable level of electricity to what you would get from hot summer days. Examples of countries where such systems are efficient are Germany (world leader of solar panels), the UK, China and Italy.
Myth 2: Solar energy can still power my home when the power goes out.
Fact : If you are living on the grid when the power goes out, the solar system also goes out as it is dangerous to run electricity to wires that electricity workers are trying to fix. Your inverter knows that the grid has been shut off and shuts off the electricity generation that is driven from solar panels.
Myth 3: Solar energy is too costly and is not economically viable.
Fact : Actually, if we look at figures from 2009 to 2015, investments in solar panels have generally been on the rise as they are becoming more affordable. Their average costs have fallen by about 30% percent. Globally, it is actually cheaper to produce electricity from solar energy than it is from coal. Various governments have declared various types of incentives including direct subsidies in order to make solar more and more viable.
Myth 4: : Installing solar is quite complicated and requires a lot of maintenance.
Fact : Actually, solar panel installation is relatively straightforward as long as you are using a reliable installation partner. The solar panels would just need to be cleaned with water to remove any accumulated dust or debris or snow that has been trapped on them. Solar panels are constructed in a way that allows them to withstand harsh weather, including hail, sleet, etc. If you have a battery based system, it will need little more maintenance than one without, but systems without batteries are more common and are cheaper than those that have battery systems.
Myth 5: Solar panels will cause damage to your roof.
Fact : Solar panels actually benefit the portion of the roof they cover by protecting and preserving it. In the unlikely event that the roof the panels are sitting on is damaged and needs to be repaired, the panel can be easily removed since they aren’t directly attached to the roof; they are just mounted on top of it. Usually, if there are any gaps between the rooftop and the panels, sealant is used to fill in the gaps. In addition, the mounts are protected using a metal “flashing” or coverings for an extra barrier for protection. Always remember to make sure your roof is damage-free before mounting a new roof top. Also make sure to select the right partner to install your solar panels, as they play a crucial role in preserving your roof condition during installation.