Common Solar Power Myths
We’ve come across quite a few myths and misconceptions about the advantages of solar energy and we’ve noticed how they can turn into stumbling blocks for people considering the switch from grid electricity to solar power. So, in the interest of setting a few facts straight, here’s a list of four solar energy myths that may not be strong, but still seem to be alive in 2019 regardless. Let’s put these babies to bed.
1. Installing Solar Panels Comes With a Huge Upfront Cost
Yeah, not necessarily. Of course, if you wanted to pay all upfront to get a rooftop solar array installed, then claim the federal solar tax credit for a 30 percent rebate on the cost, and call it a day, you totally could. But, if it makes more sense to get solar financed and installed for as little out-of-pocket cost as possible, and then reallocate the money you'd normally spend on monthly electric bills toward paying down the loan, that's an option too. Zero-down financing is the option most of our customers select.
To learn more and see if you qualify for BluePower+ Plus, our $0-down financing option, go here.
2. Solar is Only for New Roofs
Solar panel installation requires a checklist of specific roof characteristics, like the right materials, pitch, and sun exposure. Newness isn’t on that list. So long as a roof has 25 years of life left in it—because that’s how long the typical warranty is for solar panels—and is supported by a structure that can also carry the extra weight, it should be fine. Of course, aged or damaged roofs need to be restored before installing solar panels. But, did you know that the cost of any retrofitting, or restoration work that needs to be done ahead of installing solar panels can get lumped into the same $0-down loan and also qualifies for the same 30-percent Federal Solar Tax Credit? It’s a pretty sweet deal.
If you’re unsure about the condition and structural integrity of your roof, and you want to find out if you’re a good candidate for a solar installation, our in-house experts can help you figure it out. For a free consultation, and to possibly schedule a site survey to assess the conditions of your roof, go here.
If that were true, then how do you explain Germany?
Germany is a developed nation with a dense population and high energy demand and not a lot of sunny days, yet they rely on solar to satisfy a big chunk of their energy demand. Up until 2014, Germany—a country with an area equal to 3.6 percent of the U.S.’s total area that experiences about 1000 fewer hours of annual sunlight than Anchorage, Alaska—had the highest installed solar energy capacity in the world. The German solar market is growing rapidly. In fact, in 2016, they doubled down on their commitment to renewable energy by adding another 1.53 Gigawatts of new solar to their existing capacity. If solar energy required a Nevadaesque 250+ days of bright, sunny weather to be effective, there would be no way countries like Germany could rely on it as heavily as they do.
Now, to be fair, sun exposure is important. The assumption that less sunlight means incrementally less solar energy output is true. But when you call for a consultation with a solar energy provider like Blue Raven to determine how viable solar energy is for your roof, we apply tools like Google's Project Sunroof to gather data on the climate conditions of your location. Then we custom design a rooftop solar array with the right number of panels to produce all the electricity you need.
If you wonder how well your local climate lends itself to the advantages of solar energy, it's worth finding out. You can get that process started here.
4. Solar Energy is a Passing Trend
From 2008 to 2018, solar energy capacity across the U.S. grew seventy-five-fold. In 2018, solar-electric power accounted for 58 percent of all new utility power-generating capacity built across the U.S. All signs indicate that the solar energy market is stabilizing, and growth is expected to continue across the energy market. We've said it a thousand times and we’ll say it a thousand more: This is a shift, not a trend. And with supporting policies and legislation in place, like the Federal Energy Tax Credit, Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, and the Fossil Fuel Divestment movement, solar power will continue to grow in popularity until it ultimately becomes the main source of residential energy.
The sun beams enough energy to the earth each hour to power global civilization for a year. Reliance on solar power is at an inflection point. Future generations will be shocked that we grew up in a world that didn't harness the energy of the sun to power everyday life. As one of the country's leading solar providers, Blue Raven Solar exists to help usher in this change— to offer our customers affordable, clean, sustainable energy to power their homes on sunlight.