Solar energy has come a long way in a super short amount of time. We’ve reached a point where it has become fairly mainstream. However, there are still quite a few myths in circulation.
As solar energy continues to grow in popularity, it’s important to address them so that home and business owners can make informed choices in regards to their energy usage.
In this post, we will touch on 3 of the big ones that need to be tossed aside once and for all.
Myth #1: Solar Panels Will Damage Your Roof
It’s easy to understand why people might believe this one. After all, when working with roof-mounted solar panels, there are some alterations that are made to the roof during the installation process. These alterations are what allow the racks that hold your panels to stay in place!
However, when working with licensed, qualified professionals like the team at Lumina, there is nothing to worry about. Roof damage from solar panel installation is incredibly rare. People typically only encounter issues when they opt to work with unqualified solar panel installers or attempt to install panels on their own.
When you work with qualified professionals, there are precautions that are taken that ensure the roof stays structurally sound and leak-free. You may want to look over this post for tips about selecting a solar energy installer.
There is no need to worry about the added weight from the solar panels causing damage, either! Rooftops are designed to hold much more weight than what is added by a solar panel array.
Myth #2: Solar Will Lower the Value of Your Home
This one couldn’t be further from the truth. As property value trends stand today, solar panels actually improve the overall value of a home, and by quite a bit!
On average, solar panels increase the value of a home by around $20,000 dollars. As we move forward, the value that solar panels add is likely to grow even more. This is for a few different reasons, but the main one is that as a collective, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to gain their energy from renewable sources.
As this happens, a home with a solar energy system already up and running will have a clear advantage over homes that do not, especially given that the high-quality solar panels on the market today are growing even more durable and will last for decades into the future.
Myth #3: Going Solar Means Going Off the Grid
This is a big misconception. While there are a variety of off-grid systems out there, the traditional solar panels that you commonly see throughout neighborhoods are still connected to the grid.
Off-grid systems are typically used in mobile homes or by those who only have very minimal energy needs.
Grid-tied solar panels, like we offer at Lumina, have a number of advantages over off-grid systems. The main one being that you aren’t limited solely to the amount of energy that you produce in a day. If you slightly underproduce, you won’t be stuck without power and can still utilize “standard” energy from your utility company to make up the difference.
Solar panels tend to slightly overproduce or slightly underproduce, which typically leaves people with either no balance owed on their electric bill or with a credit that goes towards the cost of energy during the days where you don’t generate enough from solar.
With off-grid systems, you’re limited to however much energy you generate and can store in your battery.
Do you still have lingering questions about the ins and outs of solar energy? If so, our FAQ guide should help to give you more clarity.