Busting 10 Solar Panel Myths In MassachusettsMarch 15, 2022
It’s time to bust some myths! Today, let’s take a look at 10 common myths that are associated with solar panels and see why most of them are either outdated or untrue.
Myth 1: Solar Panels Are Unattractive
Blah! Maybe at one point in time, solar panels were thought of as unattractive, but today’s panels are sleek and sophisticated. They add a subtle, futuristic sheen to most houses, adding to the home’s overall aesthetic.
Today’s solar panels are designed to blend in with your roof, adding to the visuals rather than detracting. If you don’t believe us, take a look at SunPower’s new M-Series Solar Panels, featuring all-black and black and white color schemes that are a welcome, stylish addition.
Myth 2: Solar Panels Can’t Power An Entire Home
Hit that WRONG buzzer! If you think that solar panels can only power certain parts of your home for a limited amount of time, you would be mistaken. In fact, solar panels can indeed power an entire home.
How does this work? Well, it depends on a few factors. The most important factor is the number of solar panels installed. If you wish to power your entire home via solar, you’ll want to consult with your local residential solar company about how many solar panels are necessary to do so.
In addition, with advances in solar panel technology and solar battery storage, homeowners have even greater control over their home’s energy usage. Solar stored during the daytime hours can be used to power your home at night, allowing you to gain as much energy independence as possible.
Myth 3: Solar Panels Don’t Work In The Winter
There’s a common misconception that solar panels cannot work in the cold. When in fact, the opposite is true–solar panels have been shown to actually perform better in colder temperatures than in warm temperatures. Which is good news for us here in Massachusetts.
Remember, solar panels do not need heat to create electricity. Solar panels require sunlight to create electricity. Luckily, there is a lot of sunlight to go around.
And, let’s give another shout-out to solar battery storage, which can capture peak time sunlight and store it for later use. This is particularly useful in the winter due to the limited daytime hours.
Myth 4: Solar Panels Lower Home Values
The actual truth is that recent studies show that solar panels may actually raise home values. The United States Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has found that homebuyers across the country have been willing to pay up to $15,000 more for homes already equipped for solar.
Energy.gov also explains that solar panels are now, “viewed as upgrades, like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, so purchasing a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value.”
However, it’s always worth noting that the real estate market can be unpredictable. Also, solar panels are a matter of preference, and while solar panels are very popular today, there are some people who would rather not have them (gasp!). But, besides those exceptions, it does seem as though this myth is busted.
Myth 5: Solar Panel Installation Is A Long, Complicated Process
To be fair, this myth can be true depending on your chosen solar installation company. However, with SunPower by BlueSel Home Solar, this should certainly be considered a busted myth.
Our solar installation process is straightforward from the beginning. During our initial no-cost consultation meeting, our solar consultants will learn your energy goals and perform an initial inspection of your home. Here, we’ll take note of the conditions and angle of your roof and nearby sunlight obstructions.
From there, if solar panels are the right choice for your property, the process is as easy as scheduling your installation and having us help you fill out and file the correct paperwork. In fact, we do most of the paperwork for you (with your approval, of course).
Our solar installers are experienced, courteous, and respectful of your home and time. We’ll get the panels installed with as minimal disruption to your daily life in as short of time as possible. From there, you just need to receive the necessary approval and power up!
Here, you can find more information about our solar installation process.
Myth 6: Solar Panels Aren’t Durable
We can understand why homeowners would worry about the durability of solar panels. However, while there are always exceptions in extreme cases, today’s solar panels are built to last, standing up to mother nature’s elements.
Engineering and building solar panels have come a long way. While the panel itself requires careful handling, most panels are often protected by layers of sturdy protection that hold up against harsh weather conditions and debris.
This is especially true when you choose a trusted brand and solar installation company. The team here at BlueSel Home Solar knows how to install panels properly, ensuring that they receive the maximum amount of protection while delivering renewable energy.
In addition, with SunPower’s Best-in-Class 25-year warranty, if there is an unlikely breakage, our team can fix the issue lickety-split at no additional cost to you.
Myth 7: Solar Panels Aren’t Worth It In Massachusetts
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s bust this myth right now. Solar panels are absolutely worth it in Massachusetts! In fact, Massachusetts currently ranks 8th in the nation for solar!
Here in Massachusetts, solar owners can take advantage of both state and federal solar incentives. In addition, Massachusetts leadership often expands solar programs, such as the SMART program to meet ambitious renewable energy goals.
And the state and partnered local utility companies have made net metering accessible and potentially highly beneficial for solar owners in the state.
Myth 8: Solar Panels Are A Hassle To Maintain
Without doing your due diligence and homework when it comes to installing solar panels, yes, this can be true. However, with the proper assistance from solar professionals, maintaining solar panels is a breeze.
In fact, you probably won’t have to do much (if anything) at all. As we have stated above, SunPower products come coupled with their 25-year warranty. The warranty “covers not only power production, but also the panels, microinverters, and racking. We also offer a 10-year warranty on workmanship.”
If your solar panels do require maintenance, we will send a certified solar contractor to your home to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Myth 9: Solar Panels Aren’t Worth it Without Battery Storage
To be upfront, solar battery storage is incredible. It’s one of the most innovative aspects of today’s home solar market.
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s necessary. Solar battery storage acts as an additional piece to your solar system that provides you with greater control and backup power when needed. But without solar battery storage, you’ll still be able to power your home via green, renewable energy, participate in net metering, and access state and federal financial incentives.
Not bad, right?
Myth 10: Solar Panels Are Too Expensive
This myth is very subjective. Solar panels should be a welcome addition to your home that adds value to your life, not stress. So, if you simply cannot afford solar panels at this time, don’t force it.
However, if you are looking into solar, feel as though it fits into your budget, please be sure to give our offices a call. Here at BlueSel Home Solar, we have access to many financing/lease options for installing your solar panels. Together, we can work through a plan that fits comfortably within your budget and get you started as soon as possible!