If your organization has considered transitioning to a commercial solar energy solution, you may have found yourself hesitating over some common misconceptions. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of them and what the reality actually looks like.

Maintenance Requirements

The Expectation

Many people expect that after installing a solar energy system, they’ll have to pay ongoing maintenance and repair costs. Many believe a solar system will be more of a hassle than a grid-based electrical system.

The Reality

Today’s solar energy systems are designed to require as little maintenance as possible. Other than annual cleaning, your solar energy system requires minimal maintenance after installation. You likely won’t notice any substantial difference between maintaining a solar system and traditional electrical infrastructure.

Lifespan

The Expectation

Some believe solar panels go out every few years and need frequent replacement.

The Reality

Manufacturers build today’s solar panels to last 20 to 25 years and generally warranty their panels for that long. On top of that, solar panels are constructed to endure hail, sleet, freezing temperatures, and even temperature fluctuations. When you install a solar energy system, you can expect those solar panels to serve you for decades to come.

The Impact on Your Existing Roof

The Expectation

You may be worried that installing solar panels will do extensive damage to your existing commercial roof.

The Reality

The opposite is true. Solar panels actually help to protect and preserve your commercial roof by shading it from intense sunlight. Installation requires minimal changes to your roofing system. Should a panel require repairs, it can be easily removed from the roof without causing any damage.

Return on Investment

The Expectation

Some may believe a solar energy system takes years or decades to begin saving money and becoming economically viable.

The Reality

Today’s solar energy systems and financing options are intended to deliver a full return on your investment as soon as possible. In unison with rebates and other incentives, some clients experience a full ROI in a year or less, but the average is around two to three years. When you install a solar energy system, expect to start saving money from day one and positive cash flow in only a couple of years, making it one of the most cost-effective infrastructure upgrades you can make.

Weather

The Expectation

Some people think solar energy systems can’t generate electricity in cold, overcast, or cloudy weather, making them virtually useless if it isn’t sunny out.

The Reality

While solar panels generate the most electricity on bright sunny days, they also can generate electricity on overcast days. They work more efficiently at cooler temperatures, too. Solar panels generate comparable amounts of power on cold, sunny winter days as they do on hot summer days. Even on a cold cloudy day, you can expect your solar system to generate viable electricity.

Connecticut’s Solar Energy Experts

If you’re interested in learning more about solar energy systems, contact the experts at Verogy today. We work with you to understand your energy costs and goals and prepare you for the future with a sustainable, energy-efficient solar energy solution.