COMMON SOLAR MYTHS

 

 

Setting The Record Straight!

 

There is a lot of information out there on the World Wide Web about solar PV systems, unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings as well. So Hewitt Trade Services is here to set the record straight, and debunk some commonly known myths about solar.

 

A PV solar system generates less power than it takes to manufacture and install

FALSE – It only takes approximately 2 years (estimate provided by Fronius) for the average PV solar system to generate the same amount of electricity as it took to manufacture and install. All electricity produced beyond this point pure green energy.

A PV solar system generates less power than it takes to manufacture and install

FALSE – It only takes approximately 2 years (estimate provided by Fronius) for the average PV solar system to generate the same amount of electricity as it took to manufacture and install. All electricity produced beyond this point pure green energy.

Solar panels will reduce the value of my property

FALSE – It’s actually the complete opposite. A PV solar system actually increases the value of a property. Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly desirable feature for potential buyers.

Solar panels will reduce the value of my property

FALSE – It’s actually the complete opposite. A PV solar system actually increases the value of a property. Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly desirable feature for potential buyers.

 

I should hold of on solar until systems become more efficient

FALSE – Because the efficiency of solar panels has improved significantly over the years, with panels such as the Q Cells achieving 21.1% efficiency, the have now reached an extremely high level of efficiency. And whilst it is true that the technology in solar panels will continue to improve, it will not be at the exponential rate we have seen in today’s ready-to-install panels.

I should hold of on solar until systems become more efficient

FALSE – Because the efficiency of solar panels has improved significantly over the years, with panels such as the Q Cells achieving 21.1% efficiency, the have now reached an extremely high level of efficiency. And whilst it is true that the technology in solar panels will continue to improve, it will not be at the exponential rate we have seen in today’s ready-to-install panels.

Having a PV solar system installed is expensive

FALSE – This couldn’t be further from the truth. The average cost for solar energy has fallen dramatically, by nearly 85% in the last decade. It is now more cost effective to generate power from the sun than it is coal. Home owners are also able to utilise the STC rebate provided by the government to further reduce the upfront cost of a PV solar system installation.

 

Having a PV solar system installed is expensive

FALSE – This couldn’t be further from the truth. The average cost for solar energy has fallen dramatically, by nearly 85% in the last decade. It is now more cost effective to generate power from the sun than it is coal. Home owners are also able to utilise the STC rebate provided by the government to further reduce the upfront cost of a PV solar system installation.

A PV solar system only produces electricity on sunny days

FALSE – Whilst a PV solar system will certainly generate more electricity on a sunny day, the sky does not need to be cloud free to generate power. In fact, if the conditions outside are excessively hot, the efficiency of solar panels actually declines.

A PV solar system only produces electricity on sunny days

FALSE – Whilst a PV solar system will certainly generate more electricity on a sunny day, the sky does not need to be cloud free to generate power. In fact, if the conditions outside are excessively hot, the efficiency of solar panels actually declines.

Solar Panels require maintenance to continue to operate efficiently

FALSE – Solar panels do not need any maintenance after installation and are also very durable (offering a 25 year performance guarantee). Solar panels do not normally need to be cleaned either, the rain does this naturally for you. In fact, the cost to have someone come and clean your solar panels is greater than the small amount of improved efficiency you’ll get from the cleaned panels.

 

Solar Panels require maintenance to continue to operate efficiently

FALSE – Solar panels do not need any maintenance after installation and are also very durable (offering a 25 year performance guarantee). Solar panels do not normally need to be cleaned either, the rain does this naturally for you. In fact, the cost to have someone come and clean your solar panels is greater than the small amount of improved efficiency you’ll get from the cleaned panels.

Solar energy is good for the environment

TRUE – compared to other energy sources, solar power is very environmentally friendly. Even when the time comes to replace your old solar panels, the old panels can be recycled so they don’t end up in land fill. Solar energy is truly a renewable and sustainable energy source.

Solar energy is good for the environment

TRUE – compared to other energy sources, solar power is very environmentally friendly. Even when the time comes to replace your old solar panels, the old panels can be recycled so they don’t end up in land fill. Solar energy is truly a renewable and sustainable energy source.

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