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American Sentry Solar By American Sentry Solar • August 31, 2015

Correcting Common Misconceptions About Solar Energy

Before making a purchase decision it's important to do research and compile facts the necessary facts to weigh out the pros and cons.  We encounter many homeowners that have heard incorrect information about solar that hinders their decision to go solar.  In this post we will correct some of the most common misconceptions we hear.


"Solar Is Only For The West Coast"

Why It's Wrong:  Many people believe that since they're not located on the West Coast that their home wouldn't be a good fit for solar.  This is incorrect, for example Maryland ranks 13th in the country with 242 MW of solar energy currently installed.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state of Maryland to power 27,000 homes.  (http://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/maryland)

- "Solar Panels Require A lot of Upkeep"

Why It's Wrong:  Leasing companies (Solar City, Vivint, Etc.) may try to tell you that solar panels require frequent maintenance to stick you with extra charges.  Solar panels require little to no maintenance at all besides an infrequent hosing off of your panels.

- "Solar Panels Will Damage My Roof"

Why It's Wrong:  Solar panels will not damage your roof when installed properly and placed on roofing that's not old and deteriorating.  Actually in many cases solar panel can act as the first line of defense in protecting your roof from heavy storms.

- "Solar Is Only For Wealthy People"

Why It's Wrong:  This is probably one of the most common misconceptions.  With financing options, homeowners are able to go solar with little or no upfront costs.  By going solar, your system will pay for itself with the savings from eliminating your electric bills.  You could then put these savings towards vacations, college tuition, etc.  However, it's important to note that you will never be able to eliminate your bill by leasing your solar panels.  When looking to go solar make sure to always choose to own your solar system.


- "Solar Panels Will Decrease The Value Of My Home

Why It's Wrong:  Solar panels will only decrease the property value of your home if you decide to lease your solar system.  This is because you're essentially letting a solar company rent your roof.  When you decide to sell your home you can only sell to people willing to take over the terms of your lease.  However, if you own your solar system it will actually increase your property value!

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