The 4 Most Common Myths About Solar Energy

Sabrina Lopez
March 29, 2016
2 min read

Solar energy has become one of the best renewable sources and has been a hot topic in energy discussions for several years. While many of these discussions have been beneficial, there have also been several common myths circulating about solar energy. We want to take this opportunity to set the record straight about four of the most common solar energy myths that you've probably heard.

Myth 1: Solar Panels Won't Work When it is Cloudy: While this is rarely a concern here in Arizona, the reality is that solar panels work well even in cloudy climates like Germany, which is the world's leader in per capita solar energy generation. Any sunlight that hits the surface of a solar panel is converted into electricity. Production does go down when clouds block some of that light. Still, your solar panels will continue converting all the available sunlight into electricity, even when the weather is less than ideal. In the United States, the Southwest states offer the greatest potential for solar energy generation because we have the highest number of clear, sunny days.

Myth 2: Solar Panels Can Harm Your Roof: Not when installed correctly. In fact, in many instances, solar panels extend the life of a roof. Professional installers are trained to address almost any roof type with well-tested techniques, special materials, and tools designed to maintain roof integrity and prevent leaks. Learn more about the installation process and how we ensure your solar panels won’t harm your roof.

Myth 3: Solar Energy is Inefficient: This myth couldn't be further from the truth. Solar energy can make huge cuts in monthly electricity bills and is an investment that starts paying off when activated. Federal and state incentives also help homeowners offset more than 30% of a solar purchase. At the same time, most local utilities will credit you for the excess power your solar power system produces.

Myth 4: Solar Panels Require Much Maintenance: Solar panels don't have any moving parts, so little to no maintenance is required. Solar panels are durable and may only require a simple cleaning once or twice a year to remain at maximum output. If any large debris falls on the panels, you'll want to remove it, but solar panel maintenance is generally no problem.

Do you want to know the truth about solar energy and solar panels? We invite you to download our complimentary solar whitepaper to help explain some of the most important considerations when switching to clean solar energy. If interested, you can also request a custom solar quote from one of our solar experts today.