Been thinking about solar for a while now, but still haven’t made the switch? You’re not alone. Despite the many, many benefits of solar energy, there’s common concerns and misconceptions that can deter locals from making the switch. Let’s explore some of the most common reasons people hesitate to invest in solar, and why these barriers might not be as problematic as they seem.

Top reasons people don’t buy solar

Reason #1: Financial constraints

With the current cost of living climate, its no surprise that this one is right up there. While the upfront cost of a solar installation can be daunting, there’s various financing options available these days. Solar / green loans, incentives and rebates, payment plans and tax benefits all help to make solar power more accessible. Once you’re up and running, the long-term savings from reduced energy bills often outweigh the initial investment, making solar a financially savvy choice in the long-run.

Related reading: How to finance your solar system

Reason #2: The procrastination bug

The allure of procrastination can capture even the best of us, particularly if the task feels overwhelming (more on that in a moment). Deferring the decision to go solar today, means missing out on substantial long-term savings in the future. We’ll use this very simplified example to demonstrate:

Let’s say you live in Kingscliff and your monthly electricity bill averages $225. You do not foresee any changes for your future energy usage. So, over the next 15 years, you would pay a total of $40,500 for electricity. Now, let’s say you purchase a 6kW solar system for $7,000 (after rebates or incentives). This solar system is expected to cover 100% of your energy usage. $40,500 – $7,000 = $33,500. So, your net savings over a 15-year lifespan would be $33,500!

Bear in mind that this is a very simplified example and actual savings will vary based on your circumstances. You can always consult with a solar specialist like us to determine the potential cost savings for your circumstances.

Related reading: How to calculate the long-term cost savings

Reason #3: Lack of understanding

Think you need a major in solar? Solar technology and terminology can seem complex to the uninitiated, but we’ve got plenty of guides (blogs) to demystify the process. With some quick searching and reading, you can empower yourself to navigate solar like a pro.

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Reason #4: Waiting for technological advancements

Advancements in solar technology are exciting! But waiting for the next big thing, so to speak, can be a never-ending cycle. Why wait to start your long-term saving efforts? Existing solar solutions allow homeowners to start reaping the benefits of solar energy now, instead of an indefinite delay.

Related reading: Solar power: The future and benefits

Reason #5: Rooftop limitations

Rooftop orientation and suitability are one of the biggest question marks people can have about solar for their home. North-facing rooftops were once favoured for solar installations, but advancements in mounting options, panel efficiency and affordability have made orientation less of a factor. These days, we’re about to leverage multiple orientations. In fact, multiple orientations can maximise solar energy production, regardless of rooftop layout.

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Is my roof right for solar?
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Reason #6: Solar scams

We’ll be the first to admit it – the industry has been filled with scams over the years. That reputation for scams and aggressive sales tactics has rightfully left many people wary of solar installers. But the good news is this: there’s reputable installers who prioritise transparency, customer satisfaction, and quality out there. Like us. By conducting thorough research and selecting a trusted provider, you can sidestep any pitfalls and enjoy a positive experience.

Here’s our tips to help you choose the right supplier:

  • Do your research: Look for a proven track record. Check the suppliers website, reviews and ratings 
  • Look for experience: An experienced supplier will know how to maximise your solar investment 
  • Check credentials: Look for licences and accreditations to ensure basic safety and performance standards will be met 
  • Get quotes: Compare pricing, equipment, warranties and installation services 
  • Ask about customer service: Ensure your supplier offers follow-up service and future support

Related reading:
Five reasons to choose Quantum Solar
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Reason #7: Solar misconceptions

Misconceptions about solar, such as its perceived shelf-life, reliability or expense, add to hesitancy for many homeowners. But the reality is:

Solar panels are built to be durable and long-lasting. Though it depends on the manufacturer and type of solar panels you’re having installed, after about 20 years, most panels retain about 80% of their original efficiency. Meaning that in 20 years, they’ve only lost about 20%. They still produce a substantial amount of electricity! The key to maintaining their efficiency is regular maintenance and monitoring. Simply keep them free from dirt, dust, and debris, and your solar panels will continue to flourish.

With manufacturer and installer warranties, they’re a wise long-term investment for homeowners. With regular maintenance and monitoring, their lifespan can extend even further.

And, as we’ve mentioned earlier, solar panels have never been more affordable or accessible, thanks to various financing options available.

Related reading: Why we choose Trina Solar


Like anything worth having, there’s always a place to weigh up all the pros and cons. While concerns and misconceptions may cast a shadow on the decision to switch to solar, the benefits far outweigh the perceived risks. Usually, it’s just about getting started. Do some quick research, get to know a little bit about solar, and you’ll be surprised at the confidence you’ve built. Reach out to us anytime, we’re happy to help: 1300 4 SOLAR.