Solar Panel Myths Part I: Debunking 5 Common Misconceptions About Solar Energy

solar installation encinitasSolar power is more accessible, affordable, and widespread in the US than ever before. As of 2021, our solar market has surpassed 100 gigawatts of installed electric generating capacity, effectively doubling the size of the industry in just 3 and a half years. To put this in perspective: that’s enough solar power to meet the energy needs of 18.6 million homes!

Despite the nationwide popularity and extensive data backing up the sustainability and effectiveness of sun-powered homes, many Californians are reluctant to invest in solar installation at their properties in Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla, and the nearby cities because they’ve heard various myths and misconceptions about solar energy.

In previous articles, we explained how solar panels can help you during rolling blackouts and why investing in renewable energy is a great idea in 2021. Now we want to put everyone’s minds at ease by addressing some of the many unfounded concerns people have about solar panels. Read on to learn more.

What’s the truth about solar panels?

Although solar panels have existed for a long time, some homeowners still see them as “new technology”. Since people tend to be vary of new technologies, this has led to certain minor or non-existent concerns or common misconceptions:

1. Solar panels are expensive

This statement was true over 10 years ago. These days, solar panels are not only extremely affordable, they’re also a lot more efficient and therefore able to completely recover their cost faster than ever before. They also benefit from initiatives such as partnership programs, rebates, tax deductions, and so on.

2. Solar panels can’t be installed on many homes

On the contrary, modern solar panels can be fitted to a wide range of properties without any loss in performance. Some people have even installed them on terraces and bungalows, as well as on detached and semi-detached houses.

3. Solar panel manufacturers harm the environment

This is patently false. Not only are the solar panels themselves far more sustainable than fossil fuels will ever be, the solar industry is required to adhere to strict waste disposal guidelines to minimize environmental impact. What’s more, solar panel manufacturers are rapidly moving toward clean, renewable energy sources.

4. Solar panels don’t work in cold and cloudy climates

Although latitude and the frequency of sunny days does impact solar panel efficiency, the reality is that properly installed and oriented solar panels will still produce enough energy to be financially viable even in cloudy or cooler climates. In any case, this isn’t something you need ever worry about if you live in Encinitas, San Clemente, Murrieta, San Diego and other Southern California cities in our service area.

5. Solar panels don’t last very long

Nothing could be further from the truth. Most modern solar panels are extremely resilient and will often stay operational long after their 20 to 30-year warranties have expired. In fact, many of the earliest solar panel installations are still working flawlessly 40 years later.

encinitas solar installationWhere can I find a dependable solar panel installation service in Encinitas?

Here at Action Solar Installation, we consider it our mission to help residents of Encinitas, Santee, Coronado, and other communities across San Diego and Riverside Counties reduce their energy waste and carbon footprint by equipping their properties with state-of-the-art solar panel systems. 

We use modern installation techniques and work with the leading solar panel manufacturers, including LG, Enphase, Solaria, SnapNrack, Silfab, and more. Contact us today and let our experienced, certified technicians equip your home with cutting-edge solar panels that will provide long-term savings for years to come and are built to last!