The solar panel industry is changing rapidly. Every year, new technologies are introduced that make panels more efficient and less expensive. And the public’s perception of solar power is evolving as well, as more and more people see residential roofs covered in panels. But with all these changes, some myths about solar panels continue to persist. Below we debunk some of the biggest ones.
Myth 1: Solar Panels Are Unreliable
This is easily the most frequent myth about solar panels. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Today’s residential solar panels are produced under very strict standards by companies with an excellent reputation for quality and durability. Solar panel manufacturers guarantee their products retain at least 80% of their original performance output after 25 years (or more).
Myth 2: Solar Panel Installations Are Extremely Expensive and Out of the Range of Most Homeowners
When you consider all the benefits that solar power offers, such as reduced electric bills and positive environmental impact, residential solar panels are a relative bargain. In addition, the cost of installing home solar panel systems has been steadily dropping for years and is expected to continue on that trend. Already there are programs in place that allow homeowners to lease solar panel systems from developers at very affordable rates.
Myth 3: Solar Panels Can Only Be Installed on New Homes in the Rio Grande Valley
Of course, just like any other home improvement project, you need to ensure that your roof is up to the task of supporting the weight of residential solar panels and their mounting system. But as long as your roof can accommodate a standard solar panel installation, nothing is stopping you from installing solar panels on an existing home.
Myth 4: Solar Power Is Not a Viable Power Source Because It’s Not Constant
Although solar panels only produce electricity during the day (and the sun doesn’t always shine at night), advances in battery technology and storage systems make solar power more reliable. Adding batteries to solar power systems ensures that homeowners can store the excess power generated during daylight hours for use at night.
Myth 5: Solar Panels Are Unattractive and Will Ruin the Overall Aesthetic of My Home
Solar panels do not have to be an eyesore on your roofline. In fact, there are a growing number of solar panel installation companies that produce aesthetically pleasing solar panels. These types of solar panels blend in seamlessly with the existing roofline and add to the visual appeal of your home.
According to Solstice, American solar power has positively impacted the environment by offsetting over 70 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. This is like planting more than 1.2 billion trees. In addition, solar power helps homeowners save money on electric bills now and in the future. Thanks to falling installation costs and new incentives, more people can afford to go solar than ever. Call us to learn how you can get solar power today.