As a more cost-effective and sustainable alternative to traditional energy sources, solar energy continues to rise in popularity. In fact, almost one quarter* of New-South-Welshman have embraced solar energy already. So, if you’re thinking about making the solar switch too, chances are you’re weighing up the pros and cons while sifting through the misconceptions and myths out there. To help you make the most informed choice, we look at the most common myths, and sort fact from fiction.
Myth 1: Solar panels are too expensive
Thanks to falling costs and a competitive market, solar power really is cheaper than you think. In fact, when you throw in government incentives^ and the many payment plans on the market, there’s never been a better time for homeowners and businesses alike to invest in solar energy!
While yes, it is true, that the cost of installing solar power is higher than traditional energy sources, the initial cost quickly pays for itself – and then some – over time. Because once installed, your system will produce free energy from the sun well into the future! Just be sure to keep them clean and maintained.
Myth 2: Solar panels don’t work in cloudy or cold weather
While solar panels do work best with direct sunlight exposure, they are designed to account for a wide range of weather conditions.
Essentially, solar panels work by capturing the energy from the sun and converting it into electricity. On cloudy days, some sunlight is still able to penetrate through the clouds and reach the solar panels. While the amount of energy generated will be lower than on sunny days, it’s still enough to power the panels and generate electricity!
When it comes to colder weather, surprisingly to most, solar panels can actually work more efficiently! This is because cooler temperatures reduce cell resistance, which allows electrons to move more freely.
Get to know more about how solar panels work, here.
Myth 3: Solar panels require a lot of maintenance
Solar panels are designed to be low-maintenance and require very little upkeep. But like anything worth having, it’s worth cleaning them and monitoring them every so often to ensure everything’s running smoothly.
Dirt, dust and debris can accumulate on the surface of the solar panels over time and reduce their efficiency. All you need to do is use a soft brush or cloth with mild detergent and give them a rinse with water every so often. Keep an eye on the amount of energy your solar panels are producing, too. If you notice a significant drop in output, give your solar provider a call to come and check them out for you.
Myth 4: Solar energy is unreliable
This myth generally stems from the belief that solar panels don’t work in cold or cloudy weather. But did you know, that the sun provides more energy to the earth in one hour, than the entire world uses in one year?! That’s a lot of energy to harness. Solar panels are designed to work in a range of weather conditions, ensuring their reliability. And, with ongoing advancements in solar panel technology, and battery backup systems, energy can be stored and used during power outages and other similar emergencies. Want to know more about battery systems? Click here.
Myth 5: Solar panels affect the integrity of your roof
Solar panels are designed to be installed onto a roof, without affecting the roof’s integrity. In fact, properly installed solar panels can even help to protect the roof from weather and sun damage! Solar panels, typically made from materials like aluminium, are strong and durable yet lightweight. So, they do not put any weight stress on the roof. They are also mounted to the roof using a specialised racking system, which evenly distributes the weight of the panels across the roof.
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*Source: cleanenergycouncil.com.au^Visit energy.gov.au/rebates to view up-to-date government incentives and eligibility