4 Common Myths About Solar Energy Answered

Sabrina Lopez
August 11, 2015
3 min read

Even though solar energy is becoming increasingly widespread, many myths still exist regarding this plentiful renewable energy source. In Arizona, sunshine is one of our most abundant natural resources, but even here, misconceptions about solar keep many residents from generating electricity and firmly in the grip of the public utilities. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Thoughtful research will show the real facts about solar.

To get you started, we've assembled 4 of the most common solar energy myths and the real facts to counter each one. So read on and take your first steps toward energy independence. 

  1. Solar energy technology will advance, so I should wait until it’s cheaper and more efficient. This is one of the most common myths that keep many from investing in solar energy. While this may have been true in the past, engineers have improved solar panel efficiency to the point where future advancements are likely to be mostly incremental. What’s more, competition and manufacturing efficiencies have made solar panels more affordable than ever. 

    But looking at pricing and efficiency alone is just one part of the equation. Incentives for homeowners to convert to solar power are offered at the federal, state and local Arizona utilities levels. Overlay this with the fact that many local utilities are working hard to increase grid access fees for new solar customers, and the question becomes: how much money do you stand to lose while waiting for small changes in efficiency and price? 

  1. Solar panels don’t work when it’s cloudy: While this is rarely a concern here in Arizona, the reality is that solar generation is a viable option even in cloudy climates like Germany, which is the world's leader in per capita solar energy generation. In the United States the Southwest offers the greatest potential for solar energy generation, and even during our short periods of cloudy weather, solar panels will continue to convert light to electricity.

  2. Solar panels can harm roofs 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. The presence of solar panels also shades the roof, which in Arizona's blistering sun helps extend the life of your roof by slowing the degradation of materials from ultraviolet exposure. 

  3. Solar panels require much maintenance: Maintaining solar panels is as easy as hosing them off periodically, especially after a dust storm that doesn't produce enough rain to wash them off. Some newer panels embed smart technology that alerts the owner when their output slows due to dust or debris.

Do you want to know the truth about solar energy and solar panels? Download our complimentary solar guide 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.