7 Myths About Solar
In light of increasing energy bills and environmental degradation, more and more people have been turning to renewable energy to minimise their reliance on energy companies and enhance their ability to preserve the natural world. While Solar is the smart option in many countries, Australia represents an ideal climate for harnessing energy from the sun. Although many Australian citizens are now realising this and taking advantage of many benefits of Solar systems, there are still common misconceptions about this relatively new form of energy generation. Debunking these myths can go a long way to helping Australian citizens make an accurate and informed decision on going Solar.
Myth 1: Solar energy is too expensive and is not economically viable for most citizens
Fact: From 2009, there has been a steady increase in the installation of residential Solar Systems throughout Australia. The average costs have fallen by about 30% percent in light of cheaper components and fantastic government rebates. On a global scale, it is actually cheaper to produce electricity from solar energy than it is from coal.
Hardworking Australians can now avail of the Federal rebate system (which is factored into many prices) and Victorian citizens can gain a further rebate on top of this up to the value of $2250. It has never been more affordable to go Solar, with your system generally paying for itself within a few years. However, it is important to go with a company like Spectrum 29 who offer full transparency in pricing and offer a premium service with extended warranties.
Myth 2: Solar panels do not work in cold and cloudy weather
Fact:Solar panels work more effectively in hot, cold and cloudy conditions. Counter intuitively, Solar panels generally perform more efficiently when present in colder conditions. Additionally, cloudy or overcast weather does not inhibit the efficiency of solar panels; they can be a strong source of electricity as they can still produce adequate power for your needs. Even countries with a comparatively less sunny climate than Australia such as Germany, the UK and China have increasing numbers of people turning to Solar energy because of the advancement of Solar panel technology.
Myth 4: Solar installation is complicated
Fact:Solar installation doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Your solar company should be able to describe the general process at a suitable level and provide you with an installer with exceptional knowledge of Solar systems, combined with the effective communication skills required to explain it to you.
Myth 5: Solar systems are high maintenance
Fact:The most expensive aspect of a Solar system is the upfront cost (see myth 1) and there are little to no costs associated with the maintenance of your system. Naturally, if there is any accumulated dust or debris trapped on them, they should be washed down with water. The occasional rain does the trick in most cases. High quality Solar panels installed should be constructed in a way that allows them to withstand harsh weather such as hail or sleet. Spectrum29 installs only panels that guarantee extended panel warranties.
Myth 6: Solar systems decrease Property Value
Fact:In the complete opposite direction, Solar systems increase property value in real estate. This is because the ability to generate your own electricity is becoming more and more attractive for buyers in today’s market. It is also cheaper to upgrade a system once it is installed rather than install an entire new system, which caters for flexibility in the electricity requirements of the buyer.
Myth 7: Solar panels are bad for the environment
Fact:Although Solar panels generally have a long life expectancy when bought from a reliable company (20-30 years), they must eventually be replaced. However, the original panels can generally be recycled, with the manufacturer often offering a service. Solar panels do not make any sound and do not contribute to air pollution, making them a green technology that can reduce your carbon footprint.
If you believe that solar energy will benefit your home, come to us. We strive to save money for all our customers and believe every Australian household has the right to generate their own electricity. To discuss your needs, call 1300 845 276or complete our FREE QUOTE form.