We know solar like the back of our hand. That's why, when someone comes to us with a crazy myth about solar, we are more than happy to dismiss it.
Here are some of the most popular myths we like to bust:
* Solar doesn't work in cold or cloudy places. If that was the case, most of Europe would be without power for half the year and England would have no chance. All solar needs is UV light and cold solar panels actually work better!
* Solar is unreliable. This is one of the most common myths but solar is actually far more reliable than your utility company, particularly with off-grid systems which aren't affected by blackouts.
* Solar doesn't support the Australian economy. Sure, many of our solar panels are built overseas, but thousands of Aussies are employed in the local solar industry - installers, maintenance, sales. Take EnergyOptions for example.
* Solar panels are too high maintenance. False. They don't have any moving parts, so unless there has been some sort of damage you need checked, or your regular maintenance (including an annual clean), your panels should last as long as (or beyond) what the warranty states.
* You have to be rich to have solar. No, you don't. In fact it's more common for middle income earners to have solar. The good thing about solar is the long-term financial benefits are well worth the initial investment.
Renewable Energy seems to be the way of the future. It's becoming more prominent every day, in both residential and commercial holdings, and countries all across the world are changing the way they operate to utilise the best of what they have for free - the sun, the wind, and water.
So what are the common misconceptions about solar energy?
1. Solar Energy isn't a 24 hour thing. Yes, it's true that solar relies on the sun to work and wind power relies on there actually being wind. But there are plenty of systems out there that have back-ups (they might be powered by another renewable source, or could be electric or gas) that will ensure you get the benefits of solar 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2. It's too expensive. Okay. We admit it. Getting solar on your home or business does cost more than connecting the electricity. But in the long run, you're going to save more than your solar cost you. According to the Clean Energy Council of Australia, based on a 3kW system - you'll save around $1000-$1200 per annum.
3. Solar systems are ugly and decrease the value of your home. This is simply not true anymore. There are a number of systems available that take up little space on your roof, but provide full benefits. Split-systems, for example can take up a small bit of space on the roof with the remainder on the ground. So your home remains looking amazing, but you get all the benefits of solar.