Most things have a myth or two attached to them (insane asylums are always haunted, leprechauns hide pots of gold at the ends of rainbows, etc.) but few myths can actually cost a person money. Not so with the myths concerning solar energy and solar panels as the myths surrounding this technology are misleading many to forego the many advantages of owning solar panels and receiving solar energy to power their homes.
Debunking the myths
So what are some of these myths about solar energy technology? Well, there are many, but three of the most propagated myths include the following:
- Solar energy and solar panels do not work in cloudy or cold areas. This
false statement is perhaps one of the most circulated myths concerning solar energy. The truth is that the energy derives from UV light, which as any mother knows easily penetrates cloud cover to burn playing children unprotected by sunscreen. The same applies to solar panels and solar energy. Even in cloudy areas solar panels function at top levels to produce energy. And as far as the cold being a factor, that is true, but in a positive way. Cold temperatures actually increase the conductibility of electricity in the panels.
- Home owners should wait for better solar technology. Again, this statement could not be more false. With the advancements over the past decades, now is the time to purchase a solar energy system for the home.
- Solar power is unreliable. If this myth were true, why would state and federal governments be using solar energy to power vital infrastructure such as railroad crossing signals, aircraft directional and warning lights, and navigational buoys in major ports? The answer is because solar power is one of the most reliable sources of energy, being shown to give sustained power longer and with greater reliability than most utility companies.
So the next time you hear a “fact” knocking solar power, be sure to do some investigating. It is probable that it is simply another myth with little or no truth.