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Solar Mythbusters

With all the talk of going solar these days we here at So-Cal Solar Inc. thought we would pass along our insightful mythbuster report on going solar.
 
 1. Solar Panels Do Not Work At Night
Yes, it is true solar panels do not generate any power in the darkness, but solar frequently generates more energy then a home needs during daylight hours when demand is the highest. The excess energy is than sent back to the grid and is pulled back at night when solar is not producing and the energy is needed to power your home.
 
2.Solar Panels Are Just Downright Unattractive
Although this complaint is rare and not often heard, it is a bit of concern to some homeowners. Solar panels have come a long way and can be purchased with a silver or black frame to blend in more with a rooftop. Also, if roof space is not a huge concern in the solar design solar panels can be placed in the back area of the home so that the solar panels are not visible from street view or if land area is available a ground mount system tucked in the back of the property is also a fine option. Lastly, let’s not forget a HUGE fact –that solar panels raise a home’s resale value tremendously which makes most homeowners view this as a big positive.
 
3. Solar Systems Just Mean More Maintenance To My Home
A big NEGATIVE on this one! Solar electric systems come with a 25-year solar panel warranty and contractors in California have to give a 10-year workmanship warranty on systems. Solar systems have routinely outlived their 25-year warranty and it takes a lot to overload them. Dust can accumulate on the solar panels but all it takes is a nice rainfall or hitting the panels with some water from the hose every 4-6 months and they are cleared up. Solar panels are extremely reliable, require very minimal occasional cleaning and have no moving part which means maintenance is a breeze.
 
4. Cloudy Days and Areas Mean Solar Panels Are Ineffective
Germany holds the world’s largest market for solar and their sunlight hours are roughly 2.5 hours/daily, so it proves to be effective for them. Just because clouds appear does not mean you are not going to get sun burnt and the same plays for solar, clouds do not block the sun’s energy. Also let’s not forget this is California, one of the best states for solar and sunshine.
 
5. I’m Going To Wait Because Solar Will Get Cheaper
Homeowners that are going solar now are able to take advantage of state solar rebates and tax credits, which will disappear the longer you wait. As you wait, you are prolonging the time on your investment and your electricity rates can increase at any moment. It’s best to take advantage of the savings now and prevent your home from future energy rate increases.
 
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4 Responses to Solar Mythbusters
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  2. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are
    a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative
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  3. Thanks for finally writing about >Solar Mythbusters
    | SoCal Solar Inc. <Liked it!

  4. #4 was interesting. I never knew that Germany’s peak sunlight hours were so low. They do have alot invested in solar, and if they can make it work with 1/2 the peak hour sunlight that we average in the states, then we can make it work as well.

    I get asked alot on my blog if solar will work in certain areas. I’ll have to start using Germany as an example.

    Thanks for the article.


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