Solar panels have been around for more than a few decades now. And though the awareness about solar panels for home, and their associated benefits, has increased with time, there are still many myths around solar panels that are dissuading some people from going solar. We, therefore, thought that it’s high time we came up with a post to debunk these misleading myths and bring out the facts that everyone must know. Let’s get started.
1. Solar panels are very expensive.
Some people think that solar panels are a luxury meant only for the rich. One of the reasons could be the initial setup cost that is many times an average household’s monthly electricity bill. But what people don’t know is that usually, it takes anywhere between 3 to 5 years to recover the cost of a solar panel system. Once the cost is recovered, the energy that one receives for the next 15 to 20 years (depending on the expected lifespan of a solar panel) is free. Moreover, the cost of purchasing a solar panel system has been reduced, substantially, as the government is offering various subsidies to encourage residential property owners to go solar.
2. Solar panels don’t work when it is cloudy.
This is one of the most common myths around solar panels. Before we bust the myth, ask yourself that if clouds could obstruct sunlight wouldn’t it be pitch dark on cloudy days. Well, the clouds do reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the solar panels but the latest panels are designed to ensure that they work efficiently even on cloudy days. If you live in an area that experiences a cloudy climate during a major part of the year then you can go with the monocrystalline solar panels that are considered the best in terms of efficiency.
3. Solar panels continue to supply energy during a power cut.
Well, this might be in favor of solar panel buyers but even this one’s a myth. The fact is that any solar panel system that is connected to the local grid (and is known as Grid-Tied solar panel system) must shut down within a few seconds of a power outage. It is important for the solar panels to stop producing energy during a power outage to prevent surplus energy from flowing back to the grid. This in turn helps safeguard the repairmen working on the damaged lines. Note – Hybrid solar panel systems that are connected both to the local grid and the solar batteries continue to supply energy even during the power cut. That’s because they draw their energy from the solar batteries during the outage.
4. Solar panel installation leads to roof damage.
Many of those who decide not to go solar, do so because they think that installing solar panels on roofs leads to damage or roof leakage. There is no truth in that. In fact, solar panel installation helps protect the roof from bad weather, birds, and more. You, however, need to hire a solar panel installation team that has extensive experience in installing solar panels for home and have a good number of customers backing their workmanship.
Besides the above-mentioned myths, there’s this myth that solar panels are not good for the environment. But truth be told, solar panels from reputable brands like Luminous India are recyclable, and therefore, they do not add to the environmental woes that our planet is currently facing. Also, Luminous India’s solar panels have longer lifespans and are reasonably priced which makes them an attractive buy. So now with all myths debunked and all facts shared, are you ready to take the plunge?