In today’s world, we are becoming more and more aware that the fuels of yesterday are causing damage to the world we live in. There is more pressure to find energy sources that will not damage the fragile Earth. One of the more common of these options is solar energy. With all of the hype about solar energy, more and more myths are being created so that people do not want to make the switch from fossil fuels. This article will review seven popular myths about solar energy systems.
1. The first myth is that solar energy will not work in cool or cloudy climates. The fact is that the cold temperatures make the energy transfers more efficiently. Solar panels work off of the UV rays of the sun which get through the clouds.
2. Solar panels do not require regular maintenance contrary to popular belief. It is recommended that a hose off once a year is done so that the solar panels are clean. It is also prudent to check for debris and clean it off as soon as possible.
3. Solar panels will not cause the roof to leak or collapse. The companies normally install a rail across the roof for the panels to go on top of. The companies make sure that everything is waterproof before they are done installing.
4. The fourth myth is that the solar system is so expensive that it will not pay for itself. Solar eliminates the electricity bill which is why most people are getting the panels installed. The companies normally have several financing options and the money saved typically pays the system off in around seven years depending on the state.
5. The next myth is that solar panels add to global warming. The solar panels do not burn harsh chemicals or fossil fuels which release the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. The only carbon footprint is when they are made and transported.
6. Solar panels may seem delicate but, they are actually pretty resilient. NASA uses them all the time out in space where there are plenty of hazards. They are black so snow melts off of them quickly as well.
7. Solar power systems can either use batteries or they are grid tied. In modern day systems they are grid tied which is cheaper for most families. It also allows them to feed the excess to the electric company so the get credited for the power that would be sitting in the batteries. It also allows them to not worry about storing energy for the night and bad weather days.