Common Myths About Solar

Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad information out there about solar today. A lot of construction companies from other trades have tried to jump on the bandwagon without really understanding what solar is or does, and will just tell you whatever you want to hear. In addition to that, a lot of naysayers to renewable energy have badmouthed the industry to try to keep Americans addicted to fossil fuels, like gas and coal. At Simply Solar, we pride ourselves on our “Educate First” approach and would like to take a moment to address some of these unfavorable rumors. Here are a few myths that we’ve frequently encountered:

Solar Is Too Expensive and I Cannot Afford A New System 

With Incentives And Financing, Solar Is Less Than Your Electric Bill

Obviously solar does cost money. However, the amount you pay for your system is significantly less than what you will pay on your utility bill if you don’t get solar. To see what we’re talking about, take a look at this case study: One of our customers was paying an average $310 per month on their electric bill. After getting solar, they will be paying an average $10 per month on their electric bill, saving $300 per month. They claimed their federal tax credit (30% of the contract price) and financed their system on a 15 year term, resulting in a payment of $271 per month, $29 less than what they were already paying for electricity starting on day one, then $300 less after they pay off their loan! Over 15 years, they will end up paying a total of $48,823. Sounds like a big number? Nope! They will be saving $90,000 on their electric bill in the 25 year warrantied life of their system, assuming the cost of electricity stays the same as what it is today. Considering the cost of electricity has gone up by an average 6% per year for the last 10 years, if these increases continue they will actually be saving $197,512 by going solar. If that’s not affordable, I don’t know what is!

Solar Is Too New. The Technology Is Changing

Solar PV Has Been In Widespread Use For Over 50 Years 

The solar industry has been around for decades and like most emerging industries, the technology is always evolving. Recently there have been advancements in home batteries, solar roofing panels, and renewable resources such as wind turbines, which may lead one to be a bit hesitant in deciding that now is the right time to go solar. However, if you are always waiting for the next best thing, you’ll always be waiting. 

The truth is that every day you wait for the next thing, you are throwing away savings. Your system today is designed to meet your energy goals. Your system in the future would also be designed to meet your energy goals. The only difference might be the number of solar cells it takes to meet that goal. So by waiting, you’re just charging yourself interest by continuing to pay high electric bills from the utility company. We only use American Made solar panels, and our solar inverters are already a 4thgeneration release and widely recognized as an industry leader. There will always be an abundance of sun and solar energy in Southern California, so the best time to take advantage of it is now. 

Solar Panels Will Only Work Under Certain Conditions

Our High Quality Panels Put Out Power In Almost All Conditions 

A common misconception is that solar panels will only work if the sun is out. We only use high quality Monocrystaline solar panels that are designed to continue producing power even in filtered light conditions, such as clouds and even light rain. Unless it is actually pouring (which doesn’t happen too often in Southern California) your system will still be pumping out electricity. A sunny climate is not a prerequisite for solar, since your system is designed with your local weather in mind. In fact, Germany, with its mostly cloudy skies, is one of the top producers of solar energy in the world!

My Power Will Always Work, Even In A Black Out

Only If You Have A Generator Or Storage System

This is something we’ve heard from folks who have encountered a less than honest salesman. All solar systems that interact with the utility grid have a built in safety feature so they will shut down and stop producing power if there is a blackout. This is so that we don’t accidentally send power down the lines while our utility company is trying to make repairs. The only way to still have power in a blackout is to hook up a generator, or (what we recommend) couple your solar system with a battery backup system so that you can continue producing power off the grid.

Solar Only Means Trouble IF I Decide to Sell My Property

By Owning Your System, Solar Actually Adds Value And Sells Faster

Solar only means trouble if you lease your system rather than purchasing. What are the benefits of purchasing your solar panels? Are you better off just leasing them? Here are our thoughts!

Solar Inverters Produce Harmful “Dirty Electricity”, So You Shouldn’t Put Them Anywhere Near Where You Live

Actually Solar Inverters Run Extremely Clean 

Our preferred inverter manufacturer, Enphase Energy, conducted a study in which they measured the radiated Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) coming off one of their inverters. At a distance of only 24 inches, our inverter registered only 1mG. Compare that to a single CFL light bulb, which at the same distance measures 3.2mG! That’s pretty clean!

 

Resources: 

Go Solar California: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/

Cost of Solar: http://costofsolar.com/is-my-home-worth-more-with-solar-energy/

SolarWorld: http://www.solarworld-usa.com/products-and-services/sunmodule-solar-panels

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