Why don't people use solar panels? 4 Misconceptions People Should Stop Believing
Despite the huge support of Americans for sustainable energy in 2017, some still doubt solar panels’ real value. Others even think it’s not worth it.
If you are skeptical about the tangible benefits of solar panels, that’s okay. It’s totally normal to be critical about the system that promises to power an entire household — using only good ol’ sunlight. After all, it will be your financial investment.
Progress starts with learning and change starts with progress.
If you agree with any of the following misconceptions, then you have to sit down and rethink everything you believe.
1. Solar panels don’t look good at all.
If you’re eyeing to sell your house in the near future, of course, you’d want to retain its gorgeous curb appeal, right? What if you want to add a photovoltaic (PV) system? Wouldn’t it be an eyesore? Not at all.
The most recent solar panel designs, in general, blend easily into a dwelling’s exterior structure. You can order them in non-invasive colors like grey, black, or navy blue.
With regards to customization, there are many ideas on how to tweak panels. You can make the portable and also order panels with frames.
In addition, you can always place it in other sun-rich areas and not just on the roof. If your yard faces south, then you can place the panels there, where the sun shines the most.
2. Solar panels demand frequent maintenance.
Now, this is just silly. Have you seen any slight movement from a solar panel system? No? Well, there you have it — myth debunked. Solar panels don’t require any demanding routine maintenance because they do not move.
Of course, you need to clean the dust that accumulates on the cells over time. However, this is not always the case. Say, when it rains, this can instantly wash off a solar panel’s grime. Also, its inverters have a quite long lifespan — 25 years.
3. Solar panels are useless at nights.
Again, not true at all. Naturally, solar panels work where there is a visible and abundant amount of light. At night, you can still use the excess energy they converted during the day, which is called surplus energy.
You can either send this surplus energy to the grid or store in them in energy storage devices. Grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems, especially, can send it to the grid, to which other households will use at night, as well. If you don’t want to send it back, you can always store the surplus energy in solar batteries.
4. There are no incentives for using solar panels.
The US government incentivizes all of Americans’ use of solar power and solar systems. There are no exceptions. In fact, there’s a 30% federal tax credit for all the homeowners who own solar power systems.
Some states in the US even offer more than one incentives. For instance, Texas, Rhode Islands, Vermont, and Virginia are considered to provide the best solar power incentive programs.
Texas, in particular, offers three programs — the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative Renewable Energy Rebates, the Green Mountain Energy Renewable Rewards Program, and the CPS Energy Solar PV Rebate Program. The price range of their incentives per watt is $0.80-$1.00 per watt (W). You can even get a rebate of $25, 000.
As you can see, solar panels bring many promising rewards. Of course, no solar panel is created equal. That’s why we want you to start your sustainability journey with us. Let our high-power systems guide you.