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5 Solar Myths — Busted

Myth #1: Solar Panels will Damage My Roof

Some homeowners hesitate to install solar panels because they believe it will damage their roof. This is not true! Rooftops are inspected prior to installation to determine whether their structure will be able to withstand the additional weight of solar panels. The panels that are attached to your roof are also perfected in labs to ensure the best possible product. Plus, our installation crews follow the industries best practices so there is no damage done to your roof. In some cases, solar panels can actually extend the life of a roof, as they can protect the surface from elements that cause erosion and wear on the roof.

Myth #2: Solar Panels are Loud

Another hesitation stems from the belief that solar panels are loud. This is not true! Other forms of renewable energy require large equipment that, in most cases, moves. However, solar panels do not have any moving parts and they are securely fastened to your roof during installation. This ensures that solar panels are completely silent. You won’t even know they are there harnessing the energy of the sun!

Myth #3: Solar Panels Don’t Work Well in Cold Climates

Some believe that solar panels don’t generate electricity in colder climates. This is not true! Solar panels generate electricity from the sun. This means that no matter where you are, if there is sun, there is solar power… and there is always sun! Solar panels are built to withstand varying temperatures, so they work in cold or hot climates. They are also built to produce electricity from indirect sunlight. During rain or shine… or even snow, you can confidently generate electricity with your solar panels!

Myth #4: Solar Panels Will Require Constant Maintenance

A hesitation for those looking into installing solar panels is the belief that they will require constant care and maintenance. This is not true! Solar panels are manufactured to be durable and require very minimal maintenance. Occasional inspections are encouraged to make sure your panels are functioning properly. Your energy output can be easily tracked via our Sunrise by Ion Solar app, so you can daily monitor how much energy you are producing. If you notice your panels are holding onto dirt/debris, they can easily be cleaned by the rain. Or, grab a non-abrasive sponge, some soap and water to clean them yourself.

Myth #5: Solar Panels are Not That Green

Some people believe that solar panels are not as green as one would expect. This is not true! It has been shown that the emissions of solar panels are far less than the emissions of coal or natural gas energy. They prove to be much cleaner than energy alternatives. According to the US Department of Energy, solar panels have an energy payback period of about 2 to 3 years, which is 40% faster than a standard coal-fired power plant.

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