With rising energy prices worldwide, more people are considering going solar! The increasing popularity of solar also comes with an array of conversations – some are myths – from the benefits of solar to the alleged drawbacks. Here are some of the more popular solar myths and facts you should know before deciding on going solar!
Myth #1. Solar can’t function in cloudy weather
One of the more widespread myths, especially in Vermont, is that solar panels don’t produce electricity if it’s cloudy and there’s no sun. Simple answer, they do!
Let’s take it back to photovoltaic (PV) 101 and revisit how rooftop solar works!
When the sun shines onto a solar panel, the energy coming from the sunlight is absorbed by the PV cells in the panel. Yes, the sunnier the weather is, the more energy is produced. That doesn’t mean solar doesn’t generate energy in cloudy weather!
No matter how cloudy it is, your solar system can still generate electricity; it will just be less than the summer peak times.
Myth #2. Solar doesn’t work in extreme hot or cold temperatures
This is a popular misconception that residential solar systems don’t work in extreme temperatures.
Solar systems absorb energy from the sun’s light, not heat. A solar rooftop can turn sunlight into electricity even in below-freezing temperatures.
High temperatures can slightly reduce the efficiency of solar cells when converting energy into electricity which is why rooftop solar systems are more efficient in cooler temperatures with clear, crisp skies!
Myth #3. Solar systems don’t last long
Rooftop solar systems are highly durable, fire-secure, lightweight, and weatherproof. At Building Energy, we install solar panels with a 30-year life expectancy and a 25-year warranty.
That means there is a guarantee the panels will produce at least 85% of their power output rating at the end of 25 years.
Myth #5. Solar panels end up in the landfill
96% of solar panels installed globally are made of silicon crystalline PV cells encased in polymer material and protected glass. Solar panels aren’t just thrown away in the city dump! After the panels have reached the end of their useful lifetime, they’re sent to specialized PV recycling facilities, where they are taken apart and recycled.
Myth #5. Solar systems require constant maintenance
The beauty of a solar PV system is that it requires minimal maintenance to function. Typically, all you need to do is check the online monitoring to spot potential problems. This can be done right from the safety and convenience of a mobile app.
Myth #6. Solar energy isn’t reliable
A solar system works quietly and efficiently daily to lower your energy bills. Solar will increase the reliability of your power system.
The net metering programs that take place in Vermont allow for electric grid connection with or without battery storage. Both options allow excess solar energy to be stored for use when you need it.
When you work with Building Energy, you will get a system that best fits your needs and budget!