Busting Myths on Solar Panels

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People are finally taking notice- natural, non-renewable sources are depleting. Our dependency on conventional energy sources demands an alternative. Solar energy is one such widely explored alternative along with wind turbines. While many welcome this switch to renewable energy sources, there are a few myths around installing solar panels and energy generated as a whole which limits its large scale adoption.

MYTH #1 – SOLAR PANELS NEED SUNLIGHT, SO THEY WILL NOT WORK AT NIGHT

Might seem like a mindless thought but this is the reason many refrain from switching to solar energy. While this is true, solar panels do need sunlight to generate energy, it does not mean your home or business is only limited to energy when the sun is out. All of the excess energy that is generated by the solar panels can support through your home through the night. This can be done in one of two ways. First, most states allow homeowners to avail credit or sell this excess energy back to the grid (the utility companies). Therefore there energy generated and energy used equals out over the month or the year, leaving the homeowner with no extra charges. Second, energy storage (or battery backup) is beginning to grow in popularity among American homeowners. Energy storage enables you to store any excess energy generated by your solar panels and power your home when the sun is down or your solar panels are not generating enough electricity.

MYTH #2 – SOLAR PANELS BEING REFLECTIVE, ACCELERATE GLOBAL WARMING

This statement could not be more false. Extensive study validates the non-release of greenhouse gases from solar panels. In fact, post installation the carbon footprint of these panels is negligible, almost null. Solar panels are designed to effectively and efficiently absorb the sunlight, reflecting the sun would be counter intuitive to generating the maximum watts of energy possible. In addition, solar panels are capable of reversing the emission levels when widely used.

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MYTH #3 – ENERGY GENERATED BY SOLAR PANELS IS EXPENSIVE THAN TRADITION FOSSIL FUELS

This statement is partially true given the current scenario. For centuries, fossil fuel has been exploited as the sole source of energy and is thus extensively studied. Solar energy, on the other hand, is a fairly new concept and its potential hasn’t been fully explored yet. Experts predict that with time, both energy forms will be priced competitively due to the rising level of energy demands. The cost of conventional energy is also projected to rise. Also, solar energy is cheaper when you compare its price to that of coal and nuclear plants when they first came in. Compare the trending prices over the past decade: solar panels have been continually decreasing in price over time as manufacturing has become more efficient and demand has increased. While, the demand for energy, has the opposite effect on fossil fuel. With and increase demand and a limiting supply of fossil fuel, prices have been rapidly increasing.

MYTH #4 – SOLAR PANELS WILL NOT WORK IN CLOUDY CONDITIONS

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The energy generated by solar panels under cloudy weather may not be as high as compared to clear skies but it is sufficient. The angle of installation of these panels is such that the falling snow slides off the surface. Validating this point is Germany- one of the gloomiest countries in the world to possess the most successful solar initiatives. But for HES Solar this has never been much of concern since they have been owned and operated locally in San Diego, California, where the snow doesn’t fall and the sun always shines.

MYTH #5 – THE EXCESS ENERGY GENERATES IS STORED IN A HIDDEN BATTERY

We wish this myth was true! Most home solar panels do not have a backup storage battery built-in. The energy generated is channelized to power the home and the excess energy is directed towards the power grids. Solar power systems are interconnected. For those who wish to store the excess energy, there is an option of installing a secondary storage battery. This however, will increase the coat of installation, servicing and maintenance learn more about energy storage here.

The adaptability rate of solar panels is increasing today. To know more on installing these panels, consult a specialist from HES Solar for a free, no-obligation solar energy evaluation!

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