Deciding to go solar can be a big decision and it’s totally natural that potential owners of solar systems may have some concerns before they take the plunge. Fortunately, the most common concerns about solar systems, power, and panels are largely unfounded. Below, we’ll take a look at some of these common concerns and explore why there’s really nothing to worry about.
Concern #1 - “Solar panels just don’t work when it’s cold, wet, or cloudy.”
This is probably the most common concern of those considering solar, especially if they live in an area with a colder climate. In fact, thanks to the rapid advancements in solar technology, solar panels remain effective and efficient even on days with less favourable weather. In fact, Germany is one of the world’s leading consumers of solar power, and also a country with a lot of cloudy days. Rain has other benefits for solar panels as well, ensuring they remain clear of any gathering dust or debris!
Concern #2 - “The installation will be too complicated and difficult.”
Solar panels may be technological marvels, but that doesn’t mean they’re overly complex. Like all great inventions, they wouldn’t be so popular if they were problematic. A complicated installation should never be a concern, as long you make sure to choose a dependable, professional solar panel installer. The installation process is clean, unobtrusive, and should always be catered to meet the needs of the solar consumer.
Concern #3 - “My roof will get damaged.”
Understandably, people feel wary about any potential construction work taking place on the roof over their heads. However, in the case of solar panel installation, the work is far less intrusive than you might imagine. The panels won’t be directly attached to the roof, merely mounted, and so they are easily removed in the unlikely event that you need to detach them. Sealant will ensure any gaps are accounted for and all necessary coverings/protections will be included. In fact, the panels will actually benefit you by preserving the part of the roof they cover.
Concern #4 - “The system will require constant maintenance.”
Again, much like the installation concern above, this should not be a worry at all - as long as you pick a top-quality solar panel installer at the beginning of your solar journey. Modern solar panels are designed to endure all kinds of harsh weather, be it wind, rain, or snow. Most panels will come with a lengthy warranty of about twenty-five years, and maintain their production to a high standard throughout this period. The only real maintenance that may be required is a simple cleaning, should any unexpected debris fall upon the panels. Indeed, a bit of rain often does the cleaning for you.
Concern #5 - “I’ll never be able to sell my house.”
When it comes to residential solar, a lot of potential solar customers are concerned with the potential impact on the value of their home. Fortunately, this concern is unfounded, as solar panels have actually been found to increase the value of a property. Not only is the value increased, it’s also been reported that solar homes are snapped up faster as well. So, if you do decide to sell your solar-ready home, it could well be easier and more profitable.
Concern #6 - “Solar just isn’t that efficient.”
This concern with going solar seems to be a culmination of a few other concerns, about production, finances, and whatever else it may be. It may be the case that people still have a dated image of solar in their minds from days long gone. In reality, thanks to some remarkable developments in the past few decades, solar is now capable of efficiently (cost and energy wise) powering homes, businesses, cars and, recently, even planes. Thanks to these advances in technology, and the financial benefits resulting from tax credits and lowered electricity bills, solar is now a booming industry.
By Shane Croghan