Confused about what is real or fake when it comes to solar powered energy? With all the outdated information and ‘fake news’ out there about switching to solar, it’s not surprising. Luckily, Orbit is here to bust 5 more myths! 

Myth: Solar energy is too costly and is not economically viable. 

In recent years it has been proven that investments in solar energy are on the rise and that the cost has actually been reducing. The average cost has fallen 30% from 2015 and all around the world it is cheaper to produce electricity from solar energy vs the traditional ways. With better technology to produce the panels, the overall cost has dropped, making the benefits even more rewarding.

Myth: Solar Panels will damage your roof. 

Your roof actually benefits from having panels on it! By having the panels on your roof, they preserve and protect the parts of the roof they are covering. However, the panels are not directly attached to the roof—they are mounted on it with racking. So, in the event of your roof being damaged by any means, the solar panels can easily be removed by a professional. This makes it easy to get to the damaged area on your roof and make repairs.

Myth: Solar Panels are bad for the environment after their lifespan is reached.

Solar panels are built to have a long lifespan of 25 years. When that lifespan is up, they are also manufactured to be recycled, making panels a product that has a positive impact through its lifespan and reduces their environmental impact afterwards. This means that even when the panels are no longer efficiently producing, the overall result is still a more green and productive energy source than fossil fuels.

Myth: Clean Coal is fine, so we don’t need Solar Energy.

To start off, coal is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels that we can use. The greater amount of coal we burn, the more we are at risk of damaging our environment, ultimately creating more pollution. Even so-called “clean coal” is not really that clean.  That being said, solar power is way more efficient and cleaner for the environment. After all, the source of energy in solar is the sun, and there’s no need for fracking or other dangerous methods to access sunshine. Investing in solar energy allows you to save money and contribute to benefiting our environment at a higher level. 

Myth: Solar panel prices are based on the size of your home.   

Some companies sell “one-size-fits-all” solar energy systems that fit a cookie-cutter mold. However, that mold doesn’t always fit the needs of the homeowner. At Orbit, we don’t price panels based on the size of your home. We price our system based on the utility needs of each homeowner. These needs vary from home to home. Since we design our systems to produce enough energy for your home, it will be different from a system your neighbor may need, for example. When determining the cost of the system installations, the design of your roof and the slope is considered, as well as the surrounding areas and shade, because the panels need to be positioned and have the best access to sunlight as possible. 

Now that you know the truth about these 5 Solar Myths, check out the first 5 we busted! Or learn why you should choose Orbit when you switch. With a free consultation, you can get even more information on the benefits and how it works. Call today! We’re always happy to help.