5 Myths & Misconceptions About Solar EnergyNovember 20, 2019
Residential solar energy systems are catching on quickly. More and more homeowners are realizing that their energy bills can be drastically reduced, if not eliminated altogether. Combine that with the desire to help reduce carbon emissions in this global climate crisis and homeowners are creating a win-win situation with the installation of a solar energy system.
While the word is getting out about the benefits of solar for residential clients, there are still those who believe in some common misconceptions that may be stopping them from further investigating solar as an option. Based on questions and comments we sometimes hear in the field, we have compiled a shortlist of falsehoods and misconceptions about solar energy and your home.
Myth #1: Solar Panels Could Damage Your Home
Fact: Solar Panels Protect Your Roof
Our engineers and technicians evaluate your home in the initial phases of the solar project to determine if your roof is a good candidate as well as whether you need to complete any repairs or consider any changes to your roofing. We do not install solar energy panels on roofs that will need to be replaced soon. In fact, the solar panels can protect your roof from all sorts of weather.
Myth #2: Solar Panels Require Lots of Upkeep
Fact: Solar Panels Are Self-Sufficient & Durable
Solar panels are extremely durable and designed to withstand all sorts of weather conditions. The reality is that there is very little maintenance that needs to be done on them, especially given that they have no moving parts. Most panels long outlive the 25-year warranty.
Myth #3: Solar Energy is Not Cost-Effective
Fact: Solar Panels Are a Valuable Investment
Most homeowners quickly realize that the cost of installing solar energy panels on their roof is an investment that will pay off, and do so in short order. Depending on where you live and the cost of electricity in your region, solar panels are a cost-effective solution for the long haul. Historically, electricity prices have been steadily increasing while solar energy prices have been decreasing.
Myth #4: Solar Energy Doesn’t Work Well in Northern Climates
Fact: Solar Performs Well As Long As There Is Sunlight
All solar power needs is sunshine. New England, in general, and Massachusetts specifically, has a sufficient amount of daylight sun to power the average American home. Even during the shortened days and snows of winter, our region averages enough sunny days to make solar power worth it.
Myth #5: Solar Panels Lower the Value of Your Home
Fact: Investing In Solar Increases Your Home Value
Actually, realtors now report that solar energy systems may likely increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell. A recent study found that solar panels are viewed as upgrades, just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, and homebuyers across the country have been willing to pay for those upgrades.
It’s fairly common for misconceptions to exist when people don’t understand the technology. Take a look at our site and learn how solar energy panels work and how our Maxeon Technology panels are efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally smart.