When you begin learning about solar power and your potential solar energy options, you may encounter some common myths about this type of renewable energy. Some of these myths include:
- Solar power is too expensive. While solar power was expensive for several decades in the late 20th century, the price of solar energy has dropped dramatically in the last two decades. New solar technologies have lowered the price of investing in a solar system. Additionally, you can apply for state and federal tax incentives and credits to help you cover your solar installation costs. These breakthroughs have made solar power much more affordable than ever before.
- Solar power systems don’t work at night or on cloudy days. It’s true that solar panel systems don’t generate electricity during the night or when the sun isn’t shining. However, you can still use solar power during those time periods. Solar panel systems are now most often paired with solar energy storage systems that save a certain percentage of energy that the panels generate. The storage system then uses that saved energy to power your building or facility when the panels aren’t generating energy.
- Solar panels require extensive maintenance. This is completely untrue. Once your solar developer installs your panel system, the system itself doesn’t require a lot of physical maintenance. Also, your solar developer can perform the maintenance for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. For instance, at Verogy, we perform solar operations and maintenance (O&M) services for our clients. We monitor their solar systems and immediately fix any problems that arise.
If you run into these myths and wonder, “Does solar power really work?”, know that it works very well. If you partner with an experienced solar installer and developer like Verogy, you can create a feasible solar panel installation for your business.