There’s never been a better time to switch to solar power but there is still a lot of misinformation out there that can cause confusion about what a solar power system is and what it does. We take a look at the top 5 solar panel myths, debunk them and let you in on the truth.
Solar Power Is Expensive
This myth used to be true. As solar has become more popular in Australia over the past ten years, prices have dropped drastically. As new solar systems are government incentivised in Australia, a solar system is more affordable here than just about any other country in the world. This is reflected in the fact that system pay back periods continue to remain steady at around 3-5 years.
Solar Panels Don’t Work on Cloudy Days
One of the most popular myths is that solar panels only work on clear, cloudless days. While it’s true that they are at their most efficient on sunny days, they will still generate power on cloudy days but the power will be reduced.
Newer panel technologies are superior at trapping more sunlight, making them more efficient on cloudy days.
It’s Hard to Maintain Solar Panels
In the majority of cases, solar panels don’t require much maintenance. The main consideration in how often you need to clean your panels will be the environment around the panels and the tilt that the panels have been installed at. Leaves and twigs from trees, dust, salt spray & bird droppings are a few of the common environmental factors that can reduce system output.
Panels that are installed at a tilt of 15 degrees or more, will self clean when it rains. Make sure you check them every now and again to see if there is a build-up of debris. You can use a soft bristled brush to remove it. To clean them, just rinse them with water. Try avoid cleaning with chemicals as this may breakdown the waterproof silicone seal of the panels. Or alternatively, have a professional come and clean them for you.
Solar Panels Cause Roof Damage
Some people believe that solar panel installation will affect the structural integrity of their roof. This is a myth. The panels are light, and the weight is spread evenly over a vast length of roof space. Proper installation is key and you should always hire a professional for best results.
Solar Panels Will Power My Home During a Blackout
Normal “grid connect” Solar systems stop working automatically during a blackout. This is to reduce safety risks for electrical workers.
Some solar battery storage systems will be able to supply the charge of the battery to the home in the case of a blackout, but if you install a solar battery system with blackout protection you will be able to go days or even weeks without power from the grid.
This is because the inverter will continue to operate and charge the battery as long as it is receiving power from the solar panels.
Get On Board With Solar Energy Today
Now that we’ve debunked the most popular solar panel myths, you’re ready to go solar! Solar Energy Adelaide provides professional solar panel installation as well as solar panel repairs and maintenance to ensure your system benefits you for many years to come. Give us a call to find out more.