7 Popular Solar Power Myths – We Debunk Them

Millions of homes across Australia have solar panels. But there are so many more who don’t – it’s time for the rest to follow suit!

We often hear people give these excuses for not installing their solar power system – and in many cases, there is no reason to wait.

Myth: Solar Panels don’t work on cloudy days

Not true, wherever there is sunlight, your solar panels will still generate electricity. Solar Panels operate on sunlight, it is thought that on cloudy days, you cannot generate solar power as the sunlight is being blocked by the clouds. But this is simply not true as clouds don’t block out all the sunlight and thus are still able to work on overcast days, although not as well as on a sunny day. Clouds do filter out sunlight, depending on the type of cloud, they can form a strong barrier that will reduce your electricity production.

Myth: Solar Panels don’t work on cloudy days

Not true, wherever there is sunlight, your solar panels will still generate electricity. Solar Panels operate on sunlight, it is thought that on cloudy days, you cannot generate solar power as the sunlight is being blocked by the clouds. But this is simply not true as clouds don’t block out all the sunlight and thus are still able to work on overcast days, although not as well as on a sunny day. Clouds do filter out sunlight, depending on the type of cloud, they can form a strong barrier that will reduce your electricity production.

Myth: Solar panels will give me electricity during a black-out

This is false, Solar panels do not act as a back-up generator, you would need a battery for that. A solar system would not provide backup electricity, the energy produced by your panels is not stored and is sent back to the grid if not in-use. You would need a battery installed with your system, but this is a feature that may require a bit of setting up, talk your needs with our installer and request for black-out functionality.

Myth: Installing a solar system would get rid of my electricity bill

Installing a solar system will make your electricity bills cheaper but to maximize savings, you should improve your energy usage habits Buying the right-sized solar system is based upon your electricity needs, your bill also fluctuates depending on your usage during time of day. You have to consider how much savings you are expecting from your investment and then choosing a system accordingly, you may still need to rely on grid electricity if your panels do not produce enough for the day.

Myth: Solar panels are not worth it since I don’t use electricity during the day

A concern might be that without a battery system, a household might not be able to take advantage of solar power if they are not home during the day. However, you can still benefit through solar feed-in tariffs and timers. You can still earn back credit towards your electricity bill by selling solar power to the grid and consider optimising your energy habits, by running appliances on a timer during the day and charging gadgets during the day.Solar power will still make savings even if you don’t use it during the day.

Myth: Solar Panels will damage my roof

When installing panels onto your roof, installers use mounting brackets to hold panels secure and steadily. As we are accredited by the Clean Energy Council, our installers are of high quality and should be able to flag any existing damage on your roof that may hinder the installation process.

Myth: I don’t want to worry about Maintenance

A well-installed solar power system requires very little maintenance. A quick inspection of the inverter or the monitoring app every now and then is often all you’ll have to do.

The only other maintenance step you’ll need is to schedule a check-up every 5 years. The technician will come and make sure that your solar pv system is still in good condition.

Conclusion – Just do it.

Most Australians put off installing solar panels for some of these five reasons, but the benefits of proceeding with an installation now are that you are locking in your electricity rates

With that in mind, make a start on getting solar installed.

If you enjoy the benefits of solar power & know other people who could benefit from them but haven’t install them yet, send them to this page for some motivation.

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