There are so many myths about solar energy, and the experts at Apex Home Energy Savings have set out to debunk them!
In 1893, a French physicist by the name of Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect, which is essentially the operating principle of solar cells, and in 1954, Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson and Daryle Chapin developed the first silicon photovoltaic cells. For many of us, solar feels like a relatively new technology, even though it has actually been studied and used for many years, and that may be why there is so much misinformation out there about it. Many of the myths about solar energy have kept people from taking advantage of technology that could help them save more money, and that’s exactly why the experts at Apex Home Energy Savings have set out to debunk them. Keep reading to learn the truth about some of the most common solar energy myths.
Myth #1. You’ll only benefit from your solar panels during the spring and summer.
Here in the great state of Texas, we’re lucky to get plenty of sunny, hot days all year round, but even during the winter, when the days are shorter and cooler, the investment in solar energy is still well worth it. It is true that your solar panels will produce the most energy when it’s clear and sunny outside, but they are still collecting energy on cloudy days, even if they aren’t collecting quite as much. In fact, solar panels can be so effective in cloudy weather that Germany, whose solar resource is approximately that of Alaska’s, utilizes solar more than any other country in the entire world.
Myth #2. Solar energy is just too expensive.
If you’ve been avoiding a solar energy system because you believe that you cannot afford to have one installed on your home, you’ll be glad to know that cost of upgrading to a solar energy system is not what it used to be. While, yes, solar energy used to come with a hefty initial investment, today, the prices are more affordable than ever before. The price of has decreased dramatically over the past few years, and when you combine that with all of the incentives and rebates available for making the upgrade, solar energy is actually an affordable option for most people.
Myth #3. Once people discover that climate change is a sham, your solar energy system will be worthless.
We are not here to have a debate about whether or not climate change is real, but we can tell you that, regardless of what happens with climate change, or if you believe in climate change or not, the demand for solar energy is high, and there’s no sign that it’s going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, more people have pursued solar energy because of the financial incentives associated with it than because of a desire to be environmentally friendly.
Myth #4. My HOA won’t let me install solar panels.
Worried that your HOA won’t allow you to save more with solar energy? Luckily, since you live in the great state of Texas, you don’t have to be. In 2011, a law was passed preventing HOAs from prohibiting solar energy system installations, and today, there are very few reasons your HOA could prevent you from installing a solar energy system.
Don’t let the myths hold you back from taking advantage of solar energy in your home.
There are so many myths about solar energy, but you shouldn’t let them keep you from enjoying the benefits of installing a solar power system on your home. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn the truth about more common myths, and to find out if solar energy is right for your home, give us a call today.