Do Solar Panels Cause Health Issues?

Do Solar Panels Cause Health Issues?

June 20, 2023

With solar energy and home solar panels becoming more commonplace, people are beginning to wonder about possible health risks. After all, there is now a large device on the roof that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Is that really safe to have just over your head for decades?

The answer is yes, home solar panels are completely safe. However, we understand that you may still have some concerns. That’s why we’re here to answer your questions to further reassure you.

Can Solar Panels Cause Cancer?

It’s an easy, but incorrect assumption that solar power can cause cancer. After all, we know the sun causes skin cancer, so it’s not a completely illogical leap of logic. However, this is absolutely no evidence that connects solar panels to any kind of cancer.

There is actually evidence that solar panels may help reduce the risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer accounts for 25% of cancer deaths, with 14% of these being attributed to pollution. Solar panels help reduce the use of fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gas caused by the production of electricity. With the increasing number of homes and businesses turning to solar power, it’s only a matter of time before the amount of health issues caused by air pollution is reduced.

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Do Solar Panels Give Off Radiation?

Solar panels create an extremely small and weak electromagnetic field. These fields are created whenever electricity is created by solar panels and transmitted to the power grid. This is also known as electromagnetic radiation. However, the level of radiation given off is extremely low. The World Health Organization (WHO) has done extensive studies on exposure to both high and low-level electromagnetic fields.

The good news is that the electromagnetic fields produced by solar panels are no more dangerous than the ones given off by your other daily electronics, like cell phones or televisions. According to the WHO, “Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.”

Could My Solar Panels Cause an Accident?

Generally, professionally-installed solar panels have an extremely low risk of accidents. When we assess your house to see if our SunPower solar panels are right for your home, we check for an assortment of potential issues before we even give you a quote.

We’ll make sure to let you know if you need to renovate your roof before we consider installing solar panels, as they’re designed to stay up there for years to come. We even do a second inspection on the day of installation just in case. This means you don’t have to worry about your solar panels crashing through the roof. We will caution you to be careful climbing onto your roof once the panels are installed, though. For your safety and their longevity, solar panels shouldn’t be used as platforms and nothing should be placed upon them.

To be extra certain that our solar panels won’t put you at risk, we offer a best-in-class, 25-year warranty to give you the peace of mind you deserve. If you experience any issues with your SunPower solar panels, you can give us a call. We can check on them as well as repair or replace any defective or damaged parts. So no worries about your panels causing electrical fires, either. 

You can rest easy knowing that solar panels pose no real health risks to you and your family. With solar power on the rise leading to a greener, healthier world, consider getting solar panels for your Cape Cod home today!