We Argue Against the Top Three Solar Panel Myths
Householders in the Sunshine State here have so many questions they need answers to when it comes to residential solar panels. These questions are usually about the cost, efficiency, and suitability of solar panels for their homes. The advantages of going green are numerous. For instance, if a particular building receives enough sunlight, definitely solar panels may be effective if installed in that household.
Although many are embracing solar panels and going off the grid, some still listen to various myths about the panels that we need to bust. Below are such myths:
Myth 1: Solar Panels Are Too Expensive To Be Worth the Investment
Purchasing and Installation of solar panels in your households is more economical considering the aspect of sticking to national grid each and every time. To those who are dissuaded by this myth you need to drop this myth and see for yourself since the cost of purchase and installation are not as high as old rumors say they are. When well-designed it is so cost effective it can bring a consistent rate of return on investment between 10 to 15% per year. The trend is utility costs are rising, and solar combined with battery technology makes it more efficient. Combined with local and federal government programs that subsidize and offer tax rebates to homeowners that use solar panels in, the cost is even less.
Myth 2: Solar Panel Can’t Work In Cold Weather
Okay sure we don’t exactly get cold weather here in Florida. However this misconception is very common. Many believe that since solar panels derive their energy from solar radiation that during the cold weather they may not be effective as they seem to be. This is a myth, since most solar panels installed by Mimeos Energy Florida are engineered to work for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days in a year. They are normally installed outdoors. 24 hour exposure isn’t required, since they can still function perfectly when exposed for about 8-12 hours. Therefore outdoor weather conditions do not have serious consequences on the efficiency as the myth suggest, however, it may be affected a little during the winter due to shorter days and longer nights. Luckily here in Florida, we don’t have to worry about that as much.
Myth 3: Solar Panels Require Constant and Costly Maintenance
This is not the case. Solar panels require little to no maintenance. They do not possess any moving parts that may become damaged due to exposure to weather elements. This also means that the cost of their maintenance is too low. For instance cleaning to ensure that the sun penetrate to the solar panel for easy of the panel to capture the sun and transform it to energy. The maintenance cost is too low compared to electric bills. Heck they are even pretty resilient during hurricanes. Read more about natural disasters and grid resiliency with solar.
Distributed energy generation received a $50 million funding love tap from the Energy Department last fall. The monies went to establish a new Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, with a mission to do this:
…develop and validate innovative approaches to enhance the resilience of distribution systems – including microgrids – with high penetration of clean distributed energy resources (DER) and emerging grid technologies at regional scale.
The above myths have probably prevented some homeowners and businesses in Miami, Broward County, and Lee County from starting their research on solar energy. Since you now know the truth it shouldn’t be a barrier. Contact Mimeos Energy Florida for help you get off the grid and enjoy the benefits of going green. Our solar panel installation services are affordable and can be tailored to your budget and needs.