Here are 5 myths about solar panels, demystified

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PV panels, often known as solar panels, are an increasingly popular clean and renewable energy source for businesses and agriculture across the globe. Fortunately, a growing number of homes are using this effective power source for domestic use, providing them with significant savings and clean energy. On the other hand, that popularity summons widespread misinformation and assumptions about solar technology.

1. Solar instalations are too expensive

The cost of PV panels and its installation is one of the top reasons why homeowners don’t consider installing them. As solar panels get more affordable, investments in them have actually been rising overall, according to data from 2009 to 2015. Their average expenses have decreased by almost thirty percent. In actuality, using solar energy to generate power is less expensive worldwide than using coal.

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Photovoltaic panels can be an investment that will pay for itself over time. Solar energy is far more inexpensive than previously believed for many homeowners thanks to energy savings, tax incentives, rebates, and solar financing alternatives.

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2. Solar panels are ugly

One of the primary reasons home customers avoid installing solar power solutions is that the panels look bad, which is closely followed by the fact that the solutions are too costly. Although the majority of solar panel systems are still very large, since their invention in 1954, their appearance has greatly improved, and there is now more optimism for the future.

3. The panels don’t work without sun

In order to produce electricity, photovoltaic panels may harness both direct and indirect sunlight. This implies that even in the presence of cloud cover, they can continue to be productive. That being said, on sunny days, when the panels are exposed to direct sunlight, they operate at their peak efficiency and output.

While panels still work even when the light is reflected or partially obstructed by clouds, their energy production capacity will be diminished. On days when there is a lot of cloud cover, solar panels will typically produce 10 to 25% of their typical power production.

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4. Solar panels efficiency is questionable

Solar energy is much stronger than standard electricity. According to the US Department of Energy, just one and a half hours of sunshine could power the world for an entire year.

5. The panels are not environmental friendly

Solar panels are far greener than the alternative. Natural gas produces an emissions footprint that is 13 times larger than that of burning coal, which leaves an 18-fold larger carbon footprint. In addition, solar energy has no after-production emissions, making it a crucial tool for mitigating climate change. Additionally, recycling solar panels is a problem that still needs to be resolved.

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