Busting Solar Energy Myths

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Increased pollution has brought about the onslaught of the effects of global warming which continue to worsen the state of our environment, prompting industries all over the world to continue their plunder of non-renewable forms of energy. Luckily, we are surrounded by numerous sources of renewable energy which have the potential of lessening the results of global warming and one of those sources is solar energy. As professionals of MEP Engineering Firm in Houston, Texas and nearby states of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida we at Source2Load Engineering and Consulting are here to help shed more light on the less recognized potential of solar power as an alternative source of energy.

With so much misinformation spreading on the web, facts are always surrounded with skepticism. So, if you are planning to get PV Solar Installed for your residential or commercial building it is best to be knowledgeable with alternative energy sources you can benefit from such as solar power.

Now, let’s debunk the most common solar energy myths:

Myth #1: Solar panels don't work on cloudy days and cold snowy weather.

Fact: Solar panels work as long as there is daylight. It does not matter if it is cold, sunny or cloudy. Some even work best in cold conditions since cold temperatures actually increase their conductivity,letting electricity flow more efficiently.

Myth #2: It takes more energy to build solar panels compared to what they can produce.

Fact: Quality solar panels can last between 20-30 years before needing replacement. Compared to that, ReNew Magazine's 2009 solar panel life cycle assessment has found that it only takes between 1.7 and 2.3 years for a solar panel system to produce the energy it consumed when being built. This means that in its lifetime, your solar panel system could pay back its manufacturing energy costs well over 10 times.

Myth #3: Solar panel installation is complicated and hard to maintain

Fact: As long as you are using a reliable manufacturer, solar panel installation is quite straightforward. Also, they are designed to require minimal maintenance and be durable. Of course, inspections are important to check the system performance and the panels but this can be done once a year. However, you should also keep in mind that panels that have tracking subsystems may need additional care and maintenance.

Myth #4: Solar panel installation may damage my roof.

Fact: Solar panels are placed onto mounting brackets that are designed to hold them steady and secure. As long as it is installed correctly, no damage will be done to your roof. In this case, you should make sure that you are relying on a high-quality installer because they can also tell if existing damage to your roof can hinder their installation process.

Myth #5: It is harder to resell homes with solar panels

Fact: A lot of studies have found that homes with solar panels installed actually sell faster than those without. This means that solar panels enhance the property value of one's home.

There are many more myths about solar energy that can easily be debunked by consulting professionals. So if you want to know more, get in touch with us and we will tell you all about it.