Yet there are still a few solar myths floating around preventing people from taking that final solar leap! We bust some of the untruths around renewable energy, so you can fast track your journey to solar.
Fact: You don’t have to worry about the loud sound of a large piece of equipment attached to your house disturbing your peace and quiet. Because there are no moving parts, solar panels are virtually silent. The inverter can sometimes make a humming noise, but most modern inverters are too quiet to hear even up close—and all humming stops at night when there’s no solar energy to convert.
Fact: If there are any daylight hours in your area, solar panels can still be effective. This is why Germany—which receives about the same amount of sunshine as Alaska—is currently a solar superpower. In fact, even though Utah is known for a long winter season, the state has enough solar power potential to provide all the electricity the U.S. needs. Solar panels are built to withstand varying temperatures, and they can produce electricity from indirect light.
Fact: Homeowners now have more home solar power system options than just large, rectangular panels. Solar power companies offer solar shingles, which are thin, film-like black panels stapled to roofing cloth just like regular shingles.
Fact: You may want to double check if you think your town or homeowners’ association doesn’t allow solar panels. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that some state laws guarantee homeowners’ rights to install panels on their homes. You will likely need to submit plans to your local jurisdiction and obtain permits, but a home solar panel system company should know your local building codes and can take care of those details.
Fact: Home solar panel systems can last a long time—sometimes up to 40 years—and are typically protected with a warranty. Some warranties offer annual inspections for the life of the system, but cleaning a solar panel takes minimal maintenance even if you don’t have an inspector. Dust and debris can build up on a solar panel and decrease efficiency up to 25 percent, but all you have to do is give your home solar power system a gentle scrub with water and a sponge once or twice a year.
Fact: Solar panels are generally much cheaper to install now than they ever have been. And the benefits outweigh the costs: average savings on your electric bill can be $100–$200 a month. Solar payback periods can be as low as 3-5 years. To keep your payback period as minimal as possible, you need to use as much of the solar you generate as possible. Using intelligent energy management technology like carbonTRACK, means that you can maximise your solar system’s potential. Using carbonTRACK’s dashboard & app, you can see how much energy your solar panels are producing, how much you’re using and how much you’re sending back to the grid. If you notice you’re producing more than you’re using, carbonTRACK enables you to make the most of it by switching on one of your connected appliances or, saving the energy for later on if you have solar batteries to minimise energy wastage.
Our tech works with every PV solar system, and goes the extra mile by alerting you if something’s up. That means you can relax, knowing that your solar system is working at its best for you at all times through our machine learning algorithms. You can track your solar savings through the carbonTRACK app, meaning no guesswork when it comes to the return on your investment!