DEBUNKING SOLAR MYTHS
At this point, most Americans know the benefit of solar energy and how it can not only be good for your wallet, but also good for the environment. Unfortunately, even with all the positive information out there, there seems to be some lingering solar myths that still need debunking even after all these years. At BlueSel we get asked a lot of questions about solar energy panels: what they can do and what they can not do. Here is our personal list of solar misconceptions that we hope to debunk.
Myth #1 Solar Panels Only Work in the Summer
Absolutely wrong. Solar energy systems work year-round. All that solar panels need to generate power is sunlight. New England may see slightly less sunlight in the winter than some of our southern neighbors, but still enough to generate power all fall and winter. The amount of electricity you generate will still be enough to eliminate or drastically reduce your power bill during that time. We believe this myth comes from people fearing that their panels will get covered with snow or ice. The angle and direction of the panels usually allows for the sun to melt the accumulation and allow it to slide off so sunlight collection can continue.
Myth #2 Solar Panels Will Damage My Roof
Roof damage is extremely rare with solar panels. In fact, our engineers and installers carefully inspect your roof to be sure it is a good candidate for solar before installation even begins. Our licensed solar professionals will be upfront and honest with you about the condition of your roof and whether you may want to consider replacing your roof prior to installation.
Myth #3 Solar Panels Are Too Expensive
Not true at all. The falling costs of solar energy systems and the increase in the ability and types of financing options has made solar power more accessible to people who would not consider themselves affluent. Just as an example of the falling costs, in 2008, the average cost of a solar panel installation was $8.82 per watt. For comparison, the average cost for solar in the first half of 2018 was $3.12.
Myth #4 Solar Panels are Eyesores
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they always say. Solar panels have come a long way since they were first introduced. They now come with non glare, no-grid-line options that are less obvious after they have been installed. Additionally, with more and more people installing solar energy systems, it is becoming more of the norm.
Myth #5 Solar Systems are Too Much Maintenance
In fact the opposite is true when it comes to this myth. Most homeowners report that since there are no moving parts, that once the panels are installed there is minimal maintenance that is needed. Some homeowners find it helpful to have regular inspections and to clean off debris and dirt that may have built up over the years, but, in general solar panels are extremely low maintenance.