It’s time to separate fact from fiction by debunking ten common myths about residential solar panels.
Myth 1: Solar is too expensive.
Fact: The price of solar installation has dropped by more than 73 percent since 2006.
Myth 2: Solar is high maintenance.
Fact: Because they have no moving parts, residential solar panels do not require regular upkeep.
Myth 3: Solar won’t work in some areas.
Fact: Even in regions that experience a disproportionate number of rainy, overcast days, ambient light still creates enough solar energy to power a modern system.
Myth 4: Solar panels damage roofs.
Fact: Panels actually protect the section of roof they cover, thereby extending the life of the roof.
Myth 5: Solar leads to a larger tax bill.
Fact: Many states offer property tax exemptions on solar installations.
Myth 6: Panels are ugly.
Fact: While obviously a matter of taste, modern solar panels have a far more attractive, low-profile, and sleek appearance than they had in the past.
Myth 7: Panels hurt a home’s resale value.
Fact: The opposite is true. Studies have shown that a new solar unit can add thousands of dollars in value to the average home.
Myth 8: Solar will never pay for itself.
Fact: According to recent nationwide research, a new system returns between two to four times its cost in saved electricity bills.
Myth 9: Only a techie can operate them.
Fact: Today’s user-friendly units are as easy to use as a DVD player, microwave, or any other modern appliance.
Myth 10: Panels aren’t built to last.
Fact: Most residential solar panels are tested and carry a performance warranty for 25 years.