With the weather now being warmer and the days being longer, it’s a great time to consider switching your energy to Solar PV (Photovoltaic) panels.
To put it simply, solar panels are one of the cost-efficient ways to generate your own domestic energy without running into huge bills and using natural gas. As they are also carbon-neutral, they are eligible for grants and financial support.
There’s a lot to learn with solar panels, so it’s easy to get lost in myths, not knowing what is fact or fiction. So here is our myth-busting guide that will hopefully give you a better idea about what to expect with solar PV panels.
Myth 1: The price
Solar PV panels are considered to be luxury items, too expensive for the average household to get installed and not really a financially viable solution to home energy needs.
That was true to an extent for a long time, and only wealthier people could afford to have solar panels for their home. However in recent years the cost of solar panel installation has dramatically gone down, while their efficiently has improved.
Ok, so the efficiently have improved over the last few years but the total cost of the panels is still not cheap. In time, however, the solar panels do in fact pay for themselves, all thanks to a government’s feed-in tariff scheme where you can earn money from generating your own electricity.
Myth 2: Solar Panels need the sun
The biggest misconception with solar panel technology is that for them to work, they need the sun and they won’t work in a cloudy climate.
That’s only partially true. While it is a fact that solar panels are more effective in sunnier weather, they still generate a substantial amount of energy even under an overcast sky. If you need any more convincing about the problem with cloudy weather, think of Germany where it’s the world leading solar power producer with a climate fairly close to the UK.
Myth 3: Hard To Maintain
There’s a general consensus that having solar panels on your roof is harder to maintain then other energy supplements.
That is not true and they should last up to ten years or even longer.