The following are six things that people are always asking about concerning solar energy myths. Are they true or false? What do you think? For instant if someone believes that “solar panels don’t convert enough electricity” is this a myth or not? Yes, it is. Read on the following myths about solar energy and there will be facts about solar energy on the next articles.
Myth 1: solar energy does not work in cool, cloudy or foggy climates
Solar photovoltaic modules work normally in ambient sunlight to produce a significant amount of energy. In fact, solar panels work efficiently in cloudy climates than in scotching hot areas. Solar photovoltaic efficiencies are highly affected by heat; it is recommended to raise your solar panel up a bit above the roofs for aeration. Germany is the leading country when you consider going solar, residents are going solar on daily basis. Yet Germany ranks low on sunny days.
Myth 2: with growing technology solar will get more efficient, I should wait
Mark you, the same technology that bell lab came up with in 1954 is the same on that is being used till now. Technology that can be considered a milestone has not yet been seen. This is because the governments have come up with ways to facilitate and incite people to install solar power in their homes.
But the efficiency is still not significantly changed. Not like personal computers and cell phones. This is the best time, don’t wait, install your solar photovoltaic panels now and they will continue to produce electricity for decades.
Myth 3: I will store excess energy I generate in batteries
What happens next after installing the excess energy in batteries? All modern solar home systems are connected to the grid. You connect your system to the grid through a process called net metering. This way you get to feed your extra power from your system to the grid. The utility power company pays you for that.
During the night or days of autonomy, when your solar panels are not generating any power, the system gets power from the grid power lines to be used in the house. obviously you don’t get charged for that due to all the credit you will have generated. The other way to go is to use batteries to store your energy, but batteries tend to be very expensive and need a lot of maintenance. And more so they have emissions during their operations
Myth 4: solar panels will require tracking system to follow the sun the sun path
Solar panels do not require the tracking system to generate electric power. All you need is to install your solar panels facing the equator (where the sun is vertically above). The solar panels are exposed to significant duration of sun hours and are capable of generating significant electric power. The tracking systems are not basics of harness solar power. In fact there is no much change in using the tracker.
Myth 5: solar power is for the rich and big firms
Perhaps this is one of the most unfortunate myths about solar energy. Wealthy people and big firms sacrifice huge amounts of cash at a go to install solar power to eliminate their huge utility bills.
The wealthy go solar to save some bucks not because it’s their thing to go solar.
Myth 6: solar will make my roof to leak, deteriorate and collapse
Not unless the technicians installing the solar panels is knew and not keen, sealants are used to seal and cover the holes that may have been made during installation. Mark you, most solar panels are not installed directly to the roof, they are installed on a rail system mounted on the roof.
Myth 7: Unavailability dooms solar energy
the sun does not always shine. And so considering this solar energy will be an issues to use. Many people have held their efforts because of this myth. Well, all I can say about it is that it is just a myth. People around the world are comfortably installing solar energy even in snowy places such as Germany, yet their systems still work. Just get the right information about solar energy and how it works. Because this is false.
The world has been in renewable energy dilemma for decades. Wondering, whether to support it or not? Where it should lie on our energy policies? and how big it impacts are? Yet almost every argument that rise about renewable energy go back in time in the earliest arguments. These myths are some of them that have been outdated since solar energy activities have overcome them, but some of us still believe in them.
To fully get convinced, the next article about solar energy facts should get you convinced that all these myths about solar energy are just myths
Thank you for reading and as always if you got any questions I will be more than happy to answer them below!
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