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Trust the technology: 6 solar myths debunked
Solar technology is still a relatively new concept for many homeowners and as the industry constantly develops and changes, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s real and what’s a rumour. Here are some of the most common myths that we hear.
The myth: Solar panels only work when it’s sunny
The verdict: Simply not true! Solar panels are powered by ambient daylight, not direct sunlight. If it’s light outside, your panels will be producing energy for your home!
The myth: Financial incentives have ended
The verdict: Half true. The Feed-In Tariff scheme ended earlier this year. However, there are still many ways to earn money from your solar PV system with the new Smart Export Guarantee being implemented, as well as other new opportunities to trade and sell your solar energy. Ask our team about these new incentives!
The myth: Solar panels don’t work in the evening
The verdict: This one’s true. In order to use your solar energy in the evening, you will need to install a solar battery to store your excess energy. Most people are opting for a solar panel battery to maximise savings by topping up your battery from the grid during cheap, off-peak energy.
The myth: Solar panels have a hidden carbon footprint due to manufacturing
The verdict: Yes, solar panels will produce a carbon footprint during manufacture and transportation, however, the average Solar Plants customer will save over 45 tonnes of CO2 with a solar panel installation as opposed to using fossil fuels for their energy.
The myth: Solar PV is expensive to install
The verdict: Debatable. Although the initial investment into solar might seem costly, it’s vital to remember that this is all money that you would spend on your energy bills over time. Once the initial cost of the system is paid for, the rest of your savings and earnings will be pure profit!
The myth: Solar panels look unsightly
The verdict: We guess this is down to individual opinion, however, we’re saying false! There’s such a variety of solar panel designs available including integrated solar, solar tiles and sleek black panels that look modern and attractive.
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