Debunking 5 Solar Energy Myths
Solar power is no longer a new technology. Although almost everyone is familiar with the idea of solar powers and using the Sun’s radiation as an energy source to power our homes and offices, there is still a lot of misinformation out there.
Our experts at STI Solar, Roofing, and Air Conditioning are here to debunk some of the most common solar energy myths.
5 Common Solar Power Myths Debunked
1. Solar Panels Don't Work in Cloudy or Foggy Conditions
Rain, shine, or fog, solar panels still collect and convert energy from the Sun. In fact, solar panels are actually slightly more efficient on cooler days, producing even more energy.
2. Solar Panels Are High Maintenance
Modern solar panel construction and installation are highly efficient and durable. As a result, they truly don’t require much maintenance.
The only time your solar panels might require a little attention from you is if they become dusty, dirty, or blocked by debris that has landed on your roof. In this case, they might need just a quick hosing down.
With high-tech indicators available, your solar power system will notify you when its production has dropped and let you know it’s time to hose off your panels.
3. Solar Panels Will Damage Your Roof
Solar panel installation will not damage a roof. In fact, the opposite is true. Solar panels can actually shore up your roof, making it more resistant to weathering and storm damage.
4. Installing Solar Means Going Off the Grid
Homes and offices with solar energy usually remain connected to the grid. As a result, they’re able to draw from the local power system when necessary. They can also sell the excess energy their solar panels produce back into the grid, actually making money.
5. All Solar Power Systems Store Excess Energy
While some solar power systems store excess energy in batteries, those without batteries sell excess energy back to the grid.
Learn More About Adding Solar Energy to Your Home or Office on Kauai or Oahu
To learn more about how a solar power system could help you save on energy costs while also reducing your carbon footprint, we invite you to contact STI Solar, Roofing, and Air Conditioning to schedule a consultation with one of our solar power experts.
We can assess your home or office, talk with you about your energy needs, and provide you with an estimate of installation costs and potential energy savings. To learn more about what solar power can do for you, contact us today.