The public’s perception of solar panels question its cost, efficiency, and appearance. These myths, although untrue, significantly impact someone’s decision to make the switch to solar. In this blog, we dispel some of the most common solar energy myths.
Myth #1: Solar Panels Are Too Expensive
One of the biggest myths surrounding solar panels is the outrageous expense for installation. Fifteen years ago, those people would’ve been correct. According to a report done by the International Renewable Energy Agency, however, the cost of solar panels have decreased by 80% since 2008. In fact, 60% of U.S. solar panels were installed in the past 3 years.
Myth #2: I Live in a Cloudy Climate, Solar Won’t Work
The National Geographic reports that every hour, the sun gives our planet more than enough energy necessary to meet global energy needs for an entire year. Even in the cloudiest of weather conditions, your panels will be able to utilize the visible sunlight and UV rays that breaks through the clouds to provide energy to your home or business.
Myth #3: The Panels Will Make my House Look Ugly
The appearance of a homeowner’s residence is extremely important, which is why modern solar panels have a sleek and cutting-edge design that will give your home a sophisticated look. Long gone are the days of the 1970s when solar energy meant adding bulging and bulky panels to your home.
Myth #4: It’s All Hype, Solar Isn’t That Efficient
This myth is somewhat understandable – the benefits of switching to solar is almost too good to be true, causing many people to be hesitant over their degree of efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy finds that solar panel efficiency is four times more efficient than it was in the 70s. As solar technology changes and grows with time, so will its efficiency.
Myth #5: Installation is a Hassle
It doesn’t have to be! At SunPower by South Coast Solar, our team of installation innovators are committed to delivering the highest level of customer service to make your transition into solar as smooth as possible. We are an Accredited Business by the Better Business Bureau and hold NABCEP certifications in PV installation, PV technical sales, and solar heating.
Interested in solar? Contact SunPower by South Coast Solar at (803) 636-8588 to receive a free quote and estimate.