Solar Panel Myths
Posted: 29 Dec 2018
The development of solar panel technology has come a long way since solar systems were first introduced back in the day. However, those who haven’t explored or followed the solar market and the development of technology may still have some misconceptions about solar panels, preventing them from reaping the benefits of saving with solar.
Let’s explore some of these misconceptions and break down the barrier between you and saving with solar.
Solar Panels Require A Lot Of Maintenance
In terms of maintenance solar panels require very little. In fact, as solar panels have no moving parts usually the only maintenance required is a general clean from dirt and leaves to ensure the solar panels are receiving the most sunlight as possible.
Cleaning solar panels is recommended a few times of year unless you notice your roof receives a lot of leaves from nearby trees. Cleaning services are available however a standard garden hose will usually be able to remove the majority of leaves and dirt accumulated. Just avoid cold water on hot panels as this may cause cracking!
Solar Panels Will Ruin The Look Of My Home
Solar panels are no longer the clunky and unattractive slabs that they have been in the past. The two most common types of solar panels “monocrystalline and polycrystalline” are both sleek, dark (black or blue) and a subtle addition to a roof.
If you’re working with a bigger budget there is also the option of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) which are customisable photovoltaic materials that can be designed to look like conventional building materials. This means you could have BIPV customised to look like roof tiles.
Solar Panels Are Worthless Without Battery Storage
If you are opting for a grid-connected solar system, battery storage is an optional component. Battery storage allows you to store the excess energy your solar panels have generated during the day, to use at night. Whilst battery storage gives you more independence from the grid, the expected return on investment is currently not ideal for the average household.
However, this is not the case with a solar PV system without battery storage. A solar PV system without battery storage can reduce your electricity bill hugely (in some cases by 80%) however to do this you will need to adjust your energy habits to using the majority of electricity during the day when the solar panels are generating the most amount of electricity.
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