Debunking Common Solar Myths

by | Apr 13, 2024

At this point, almost everyone has heard of solar energy. Many have even taken the leap and switched from traditional sources of electricity. But many people remain hesitant to embrace energy independence. This is likely due to misinformation about solar energy. Let’s unwrap a few of those myths and get you a little more comfortable with the idea of saying “Lights out” to your electric company.

Myth 1: It’s too expensive
One of the most common misconceptions about solar energy is that it’s prohibitively expensive. Yes, in the past, solar panels were not an option for the average person. As with most technology, the price has dropped dramatically over time due to advancements in design and increased competition. There are also many financial benefits—federal tax credits, state and local rebates, and financing options—that make solar affordable. And the long-term savings on energy bills can make a positive impact on your family’s finances starting the first month after installation. Over the 25-30 year lifespan of your panels, you will see a substantial return on your investment.

Myth 2: It only works on sunny days
Bright, sunny days indeed produce the most electricity. But solar panels can still generate power in less-than-ideal weather. Technological advancements have made it possible for panels to collect energy on cloudy days. And battery storage, like the Tesla Powerwall 3, allows you to store excess energy for use at night, during storms, and even during power outages. That means no matter the weather, you can rest assured that you will have a consistent and reliable power source.

Myth 3: The unattractive look lowers home value
Homeowners worry about how the look of their home affects its value. Studies show homes with solar panels often experience an increase in property value. Many buyers seek out homes with solar panels because of lower energy bills and the environmental benefits. Plus, solar panel designs have evolved. There are now slim-profile panels that blend seamlessly with your home’s architecture.

Understanding the truth about solar panels is important. Your home is likely your biggest investment. And you should have all the information you can before making big changes. The OC Solar team is ready to answer any questions you have about adopting solar panels and moving toward energy independence. Contact us today.