One of the best sources of renewable energy is solar energy. Solar energy starts with the sun. Solar panels are used to convert light from the sun, which is composed of particles of energy called “photons”, into electricity that can then be used to power electrical loads. Using solar panels is a very practical way to produce electricity for many applications. They can provide remote power systems for cabins, telecommunications equipment, remote sensing and of course for the production of electricity by residential and commercial solar electric systems. Even with all the positive things to say about solar energy there are some myths about solar energy. Let’s debunk some of the myths you’ve probably heard.
Busting Solar Energy Myths
1. Solar panels wont work when it’s cloudy? Solar panels still work on cloudy days. In fact, Germany is the world’s leader in per capita solar energy generation and is considered to have a cloudy climate. Any bit of sunlight that hits the panels is converted into electricity. While production does go down on a cloudy day, your solar panels will continue to convert any available sunlight into electricity. The Southwest states of the United States have the most potential in generating solar energy because they have the highest number of clear and sunny days.
2. Solar energy is not efficient? This one is simply not true. Solar energy can make a significance cut in monthly electricity bills. They are also an investment that will begin paying off the day they are activated. There are also incentives offered to homeowners than can offset the solar purchase by more than 30%. In many cases your local utilities will credit you for the extra power your solar system generates.
3. Solar panels can damage your roof? The only time that solar panels may damage your roof is if they installed incorrectly. Solar panels can actually extend the life of your roof as professional installers will address any type of rood design. They work to ensure that the integrity of the roof is maintained to prevent leaks.
4. Solar panels need a lot of maintenance? Considering that solar panels don’t have any moving parts, they require little to no maintenance. Solar panels are very durable and usually only require a cleaning once or twice a year. Keeping them clean will ensure that your solar panels will remain at maximum output. If large debris happens to fall on the solar panels, it will need to be removed.
5. Solar panels make your home harder to sell? Solar panels will actually increase the property value of your home. Homes with solar panels also sell faster than homes without them. The amount you’ll spend in having them installed will easily be recouped and more. Homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% more than those without, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.