6 Common Solar Power Myths

What You Think You Know, Busted

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At Timothy Off, our West Chester air conditioning experts have always been interested in solar power. Here, we explore some of the common myths associated with the renewable energy, including the maintenance of solar panels, harm to the environment, and more.

1. I should wait to invest in solar power.

Some people believe that solar power will become more efficient and that they should wait to invest in it. In reality, solar technology doesn’t advance rapidly like computer or cellphone technology. Today’s solar technology is the same as it was back in the 1960s, which means there’s no point in waiting to participate.

2. Solar power can completely replace fossil fuels.

This technically isn’t a myth – we could use solar power to replace fossil fuels, but the amount that we would need in order to do so would be quite large, and the space we would need would be questionable. In a study done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, it found that the U.S. would need to install 20,000 megawatts of renewable generating capacity annually, then gradually step it up to about 40,000 megawatts annually. While we could probably achieve this in time, we would need a lot of space for solar arrays.

3. Solar panels won’t work in cloudy weather.

Have you ever been outside in the summertime when it’s cloudy and still gotten a sunburn? This is because the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds and still be effective. The same thing goes for solar panels – they will still absorb sunlight on cloudy days, and can even work better in snowy weather because the sunlight reflects off of the snow.

4. Solar power causes harm to the environment.

Some people believe that the energy used to create solar power and solar panels produces more pollution than the energy the resource produces. Some also believe that when we throw out our old solar panels in about 25 years, they will harm the environment. In reality, solar manufacturing is quite green, so pollution isn’t an issue, and most solar panel manufacturers will recycle your panels, making the investment a good one.

5. Solar panels are hard to install.

If you find a trustworthy company to install your solar panels for you, the entire process should be easy. Most companies will provide a free consultation and answer any questions you have about the process and many will also take care of permits, inspections, and other legal paperwork for you before installing your solar panels.

6. There’s too much maintenance involved with solar panels.

Solar panels actually require very little maintenance – just rinse them off with water when dirt, dust, or debris settles onto them. They’re also very toughly made, which means you don’t have to worry about them cracking under hail or breaking under heavy snow.

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