For the past decade, solar energy has been growing. In fact, over 2 million solar systems were installed in the U.S. during the past 10 years, with the second million being installed in less than 3 years! Numbers like that do not occur without some solid science behind it. But despite that tried and true science, myths still remain. Below are 6 of the top solar myths, and every reason why they deserve to be "busted!"
1. "Solar panels don't work on cloudy days."
FALSE! Solar panels can still produce electricity, even on cloudy days! Advancements in panel technology have made residential solar a viable option for homeowners across the country, not just the West Coast! Modern panels are still able to produce enough electricity to offset a person's energy costs, and then some in most cases.
2. "Solar panels are an eyesore, I don't want that on my roof!"
The people who believe this myth are probably thinking of blue solar panels with white grid-lines. And we'll be honest - those panels ARE an eyesore. Thankfully American Sentry Solar offers a more aesthetically pleasing option; a thinner, sleeker all black panel that can barely be seen on a roof. These panels are the most efficient panels on the market, and are proudly made in the USA!
3. "Installing solar will damage my roof."
It definitely should not, especially if you do your research when hiring a solar company! If interested in residential rooftop solar, then you need to find a company that are not only solar experts, but roofing experts too. We recently wrote a blog post on this exact topic; you can check it out here!
4. "It'd be better to go with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) than to own my panels."
5. "If I install solar on my home then I will have a harder time reselling it."
This couldn't be further from the truth! Multiple studies have found that home buyers are willing to pay “home premiums” of about $4 per watt of installed solar capacity. For homes with a standard 6-kilowatt system that’s an additional $24,000 you can add to your home’s resale value!
6. "Solar panels are just too expensive!"
Sure, you can think that way. But have you ever thought about how much you'll pay for electricity over the next 25 years? The average homeowner with a 3 bedroom home can expect to spend over $44,000 in the next 25 years, just on energy costs alone. Solar panels can cut this cost, at no up front cost to you! Don't believe us? We breakdown all the facts here.
When you dispel all the myths, solar becomes a no-brainer! American Sentry Solar is proud to be a nationally recognized solar installer, helping homeowners in the local community save with solar. Want to find out more about how solar can benefit you? Request your Free Solar Analysis today and see how much you can save!