10 Myths About Solar Energy
Many people during the past decade have made solar energy part of their life. The technology has been refined to the point where it is now competitive with other types of energy. Since it is still new to many consumers, solar energy has been surrounded by a number of myths. People have avoided experiencing the benefits of it because of false rumors.
1. Solar Energy Is Inefficient
Since the 1970s, the efficiency of solar energy has quadrupled. Solar energy is different from gas in that it has the potential to become more efficient over time. The technology used to harness its power continues to evolve and become better, leaving gas power looking antiquated and insufficient.
2. Solar Energy Is Unreliable
The reality is that solar energy is often more reliable that energy provided by utility companies. Solar energy has no moving parts. It is an off-the-grid system that will never be the victim of a power outage. The government depends on solar energy to power vital systems such as navigational buoys, aircraft warning lights and more.
3. Solar Energy Isn't Possible When It's Cloudy
This isn't true. Solar panels do function at peak performance with direct sunlight, but they are still able to provide energy on days that are overcast. There is software designed to calculate electricity production based on an area's weather. This is taken into consideration when solar panels are installed.
4. Solar Panels Don't Function In Climates With Harsh Weather
The state of Vermont has been known to have snow, hail, heavy winds, sleet and more. In spite of this, the University of Vermont uses a solar energy system that has been able to function effectively—even on cloudy days. It is almost maintenance-free during the worst months of winter.
5. Solar Energy Requires A Battery Storage System
There is no need to store energy. Most solar energy systems remain connected to the utility grid. This is because of net metering. When a solar system produces more electricity than is necessary, a utility company will issue credit to an account. If the solar system produces less, the credit can be used to pay the utility company for energy.
6. Solar Energy Is Not Possible Without Government Subsidies
Most of these subsidies are being phased out. The costs associated with providing solar energy to consumers have declined steadily. Now, the average consumer can afford a greener, more sustainable home thanks to advancements in solar power. As a system begins to produce its own solar power, homeowners rely less and less on electricity provided from their local utility company. This means you will save money, in the long run, with a solar system.
7. Costs of A Solar System Is Determined By Home Size
In many cases, solar systems are designed to meet the needs of a particular home. There are many factors taken into considerations when determining solar energy design. The orientation of the roof, its slope, shading trees near the home and more are all factors.
8. It's More Difficult To Resell A House With Solar Panels
A study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) showed that homes with solar energy sell 20% faster than homes without (and for 17% more). This research showed the ability to save on energy costs was a very attractive selling point. People like the idea of not depending on a utility company for energy.
9. Solar Energy Is Just A Fad
The U.S. government and a number of industries have been using solar energy for decades. It is such a dependable form of energy that the U.S. Military, as well as NASA and industries such as oil, telecommunications, and others regularly use solar energy.
10. Solar Energy Systems Are Large and Ugly
Modern solar panels have evolved over the years. The current systems are virtually seamless and function as solar shingles. Solar cells can be used with conventional roofing materials such as asphalt, metal and more.
The use of solar energy is growing for a number of reasons. It is a clean, sustainable and reliable form of energy. Solar energy is cost-effective and can provide a home with both a reliable energy source and a greater market value.
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