Believe us when we say: it’s an incredibly exciting time for solar. Not only have prices for solar energy plummeted way beyond anyone’s expectations in recent years, but also, an increasing number of public and private entities are embracing solar at a rate never seen before. However, there’s reason for concern: while solar might be on the rise, there’s a significant amount of misinformation that is spreading on the Web and elsewhere about solar, and its benefits.
To stay in the know, here are the myths you need to be on the lookout for:
Solar panels can’t function in cold climates
Huh? That’s funny, because last time we checked, conductivity actually increases in colder climates. That means a better energy flow, and more cost-savings. On the contrary, it’s in hot climates that solar panels are less effective.
There’s no incentive for solar in my state
If you’re still saying this, then you need to do your research: almost every state in America has some form of a financial incentive to install solar panels for homeowners. Even the federal government is currently offering a 30 percent tax rebate for solar array construction before 2019. So, get moving!
Solar panels will get better—so why not wait a few more years?
This is one of the misconceptions we hear the most: that solar panel technology will improve in the future, so there’s no need to buy now, because why waste the money? But the thing is, the solar panels we know today are basically using the same technology from the 1960s; if anything, they’ve just gotten better at doing so. So why wait? The future is here now.
Solar panels are a hindrance to my curb appeal
Hey, that’s your opinion, but the way solar is headed, there are more and more ways you can disguise your panel, or have it mounted in a less noticeable position. But unattractiveness is quickly becoming a thing of the past—solar’s so popular now, that panels are not only welcomed, but considered cool and an asset to any home!
Solar panels don’t pay for themselves
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to debunk the most common falsehood: solar panels are a waste of money. When you take into account the incentives offered for solar, and the rate at which prices are dropping, solar customers are now seeing returns in 2 to 4 years—which is the fastest return rate we’ve seen in the market. This rate is only going to get faster, should the market continue the way it’s headed so, there’s no time like the present to invest.
Don’t pay these myths any mind—do your research before buying solar and listen to the experts who work with clients every day. Solar is the way to go! If you have any other questions or concerns about solar, give Empire Clean Energy a call at 631-589-4340—we’re happy to help you get started on your next green project!