Solar Panels have long been known as an energy efficient and cost effective way to bring energy into your home. However over time they’ve also been shrouded in a whole heap of dubious statements many of which can dissuade buyers from making the switch. Besides this many of them, simply aren’t true. To put this to the test let’s take a look at 5 of the most common ones and blow them out of the water with the real facts!
Statement No 1 – “Solar Panels need plenty of sun to work”
There’s a common misunderstanding that solar energy needs an abundance of sunshine to work Surprisingly then Germany is the unlikely world leader in solar energy use. This is more surprising when you consider that Germany isn’t the sunniest place in the world. In fact with around 65 days of sunshine a year (around 1500 hours) it falls way short of the 300 plus days per year that southerly Mediterranean countries, Middle Eastern countries, parts of America and of course Australia can achieve. If solar panels don’t need plenty of sunshine to work, what do they need? The answer – an abundance of UV light which can be easily produced even in the cloudiest of places. In fact when solar panels are cool they’re considered better conductors of electricity.
Statement No 2 – “Solar panelling systems are ugly and take up a lot of space”
If ever there was a misunderstanding about solar panels it’s this one! Early solar panels might indeed have been large, bulky and dare I say it – ugly, but modern-day systems tend to be anything but. They’re sleek and seamless and can be combined with a number of materials such as slate, fibre-cement, asphalt roofing, and even metal to create a flawless look.
Statement No 3 – “Solar panels are unreliable and inconsistent”
If you think about it solar panels have no moving parts and as they’re off-grid, they’re not subject to any power outages should they occur. In fact solar systems are used to power many vital systems including navigational buoys, aircraft runway system warning lights, and railway crossing signals. That’s how reliable they are.
Statement No 4 – “I don’t have a south facing roof, therefore I can’t have solar energy”
While southern exposure is ideal, east/west exposure also works especially well for photovoltaic systems. Another option of course is a ground-mounted system where any relatively flat, shade-free area will suffice.
Statement No 5 – “I won’t be able to live in my home long enough to make my initial investment back”
While it’s true that the initial costs are relatively expensive, with many states and territories offering financial incentives and rebates, it’s actually a good deal. Aside from this, did you know that in houses with solar energy installed, the resale value is increased by around 10%,.
So there you have it, 5 statements about solar panels that simply aren’t true. If you’re looking to ignore these myths and take the solar energy plunge then Static Electrics can help you to install your system so that it’s up and running efficiently in no time at all. For a seriously competitive quote contact us on 07 5445 8455 today.