There is a lot of information floating around about solar power, and as such, many myths exist about this source of energy. Here are a number of common myths about solar power and the facts you need to know.

Myth 1 – Solar energy only works well in warmer climates

The effectiveness of solar panels is not influenced by the temperature of a region, so even if you live in a cold climate, you still get sufficient sunlight to make the solar panels work. Germany is one of the leading users of solar energy and has quite a low average temperature and sunlight levels.

Myth 2 – Solar panels are expensive and not cost effective

Solar power systems have dropped substantially in price over time, and is now more affordable than ever. The upfront costs are no more than a big television and the ongoing savings means you will be financially ahead in only a short period. And with rising electricity costs, the trend is going to continue.

Myth 3 – Installation of solar panels can be poorly done

Every professional that installs a solar system in Australia must be a qualified electrician and must also be accredited in solar system installation, through further training. The local industry is very well regulated and the panels and inverters themselves must comply with strict standards.

Myth 4 – Going solar means you have to rely on the sun

With grid-connect solar power, you are still connected to the electricity grid and use this to power your home. All the electricity produced from your solar panels will power your house first, meaning you aren’t using the electricity from the power companies. And on top of this, any extra electricity your panels produce goes back into the grid, essentially winding back your meter!

Myth 5 – Manufacturing solar panels uses more energy than it saves

Solar photovoltaic panels will save the energy taken to produce them in 1-3 years. Since solar panels last over 25 years, that means they more than offset the energy used in their production…many times over!

Myth 6 – Subsidies for solar energy only help the rich buy solar

The Australian suburbs with the highest percentage of houses with solar are in fact low to middle income areas.

Lower income families and retirees have the greatest concern for higher electricity prices and see the financial benefits of solar power.

Myth 7 – Solar power will never provide a large contribution to our energy requirements

Early in 2013, Australia reached its 1 millionth home with solar. With continued investment in the industry and further growth in installations, our country will utilise solar energy more and more, as we look to avoid rising electricity prices and more eco-friendly options. Last year, the federal government predicts that solar PV will provide 17% of Australia’s energy by 2035 and 29% by 2050.

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