The solar industry is undergoing rapid change and is quickly evolving. What may have been a fact in the past is no longer so. Unfortunately, there are quite a lot of misconceptions and myths floating around. Even the savvy consumer get carried away by the myths!
Here are some common myths about solar systems and the reality behind them.
Myth #1 Solar Power is Expensive
Solar power may have been expensive 10 or 15 years ago, but not now. The cost of solar systems has reduced a lot in recent years, making it affordable for many homeowners in Australia. Even though the cost of the system pays back about 5-10 years in energy savings, the lifespan of a solar system is 10 years on the inverter and 25 years on the solar panels.
If your location has high electricity rates, the system pays for itself even quicker. On the other hand, if your location has a low electricity rate, the savings are also lower.
Myth #2 Solar Systems are Fragile
Solar panels nowadays are technically sophisticated enough to withstand extreme climatic conditions. They undergo rigorous testing and are not as sensitive to harsh climates. As a result, they can go for long with little maintenance. In case of any issues in any of the panels, you can replace the individual panel without disrupting the entire system.
Myth #3 Solar Systems do not Work at Night
Yes! Solar panels require sunlight to generate electricity. Unfortunately, the moon doesn’t produce any light in itself. Instead, it reflects the sunlight, which is not enough for most solar systems. But, again, this is true for most solar systems.
However, high-quality solar systems can pick up the reflected light. They are highly sensitive and efficient enough to produce solar energy from moonlight. Having said that, the energy output will not be the same as that during daylight hours, but the process doesn’t stop.
Myth #4 Solar Panels do not Generate Power in Winter
In winter, your energy output will be less due to the fewer sunlight hours, but your system will continue to generate power. However, the lesser amount of power generated is enough to dent energy savings.
Myth #5 Solar Systems Require a Lot of Maintenance
While solar systems require some maintenance, it is not as frequent as hectic. However, the maintenance schedule varies depending on the system and the equipment. Solar panels, inverters and most racking systems are durable and do not require much human intervention.
Systems without lead-acid batteries and moving parts require even lesser maintenance from the homeowner. Even though tracking devices help increase energy production, they tend to be less reliable. Stationary systems last longer. Similarly, lead-acid batteries also require continued maintenance. On the other hand, lithium-ion batteries have a longer lifespan and don’t need much maintenance.
Myth #6 Solar Panels Damage the Roof
Roof damage due to solar power installation is quite rare. If anything, the solar panels protect the roof from UV damage from the sun.
Solar installers first inspect the roof to ensure that it can withstand the weight of a solar system. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose a qualified installation company to ensure that your roof is safe. Solar installers from reputed companies will provide a workmanship warranty to protect homeowners from any damage resulting from their installation.