Solar panels have been around for a long time. A lot longer than many people realize. The first patents filed for solar date back to 1883, when Charles Fritts, a New York inventor, created the first solar cell. The technology was quite impractical back then because these cells could only convert solar energy at a rate of 1 to 2 percent. Modern solar panel technology began emerging in the 1970s and has expanded in scope and efficiency in recent years. But there are a lot of incorrect assumptions surrounding solar panels; here are a few of them.
Solar Panels Don’t Work on Cloudy Days or During Winter Weather
Modern-day solar panels work in all environments, whether they are warm, cold, or cloudy. Cloudy weather will reduce the power generated by the panels by 60 to 80%–depending on the time of the year. But any sunny day, whether in the middle of summer or the cold of winter, will produce a lot of energy for your home or business.
Installing Solar Panels is Complicated
While it is true that installing solar panels on your roof is not a weekend DIY project for the average homeowner, most reputable solar panel manufacturers make it easy to install them with a little experience and know-how. And connecting your solar panel system to the power grid makes it even easier. It is also easy to find an excellent local solar panel installer to handle the job for you.
Solar Panels Don’t Work in High Temperatures
The efficiency of the solar energy conversion decreases slightly in very high temperatures. It may increase efficiency in low temperatures or if a cold wind blows over the panels helping to dissipate excess heat.
Solar Panels Require a Lot of Maintenance
Maintaining modern-day solar panels has never been easier. You use water to rinse away any accumulated dirt or snow that collects on them. Solar panels are also designed to be durable in the harshest weather conditions, including hailstorms.
Solar Panels Are Not a Good Investment
Some people assume that installing solar panels on a home decreases their value because of how they look. An excellent solar panel energy system increases your home’s worth anywhere from $5000 to $29,000. Solar energy systems are highly sought after in the current real estate market.
Solar Panels Are too Expensive
Installing a solar panel system can be expensive. Yet, the cost of photovoltaic technology decreases in price every year, and the efficiency increases. You also reduce your monthly energy costs once the installation is complete, and the solar panels pay for themselves at about a 12 to 15% rate per year. Many states also provide energy rebates or low-interest loans to help you afford the system’s initial installation.
An Investment in Solar Panels is a Sound Investment
These are just a few of the myths surrounding solar energy systems. To learn more about solar energy systems or if you need help installing your own home solar power system or solar panels for commercial buildings, give Tri-State Electrical Contractors a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at email@example.com today.