Let’s debunk some of the most common solar panel myths!
We bet you’ve heard something about solar panels lately and we bet it features on our list of the top solar panel myths debunked within the industry! So read on to find out if what you’ve heard isn’t true and is a common myth.
Solar panels only work when it’s sunny
We can bet you’ve heard people telling you this one. Well, they do not need it to be sunny to generate electricity. All a solar panel needs to generate electricity is daylight. So even in the dead of winter when it’s mostly grey not blue skies your solar panels will be working hard to make you free electricity. They even work during rain which is also quite good for them as it helps to clear the panel surface of any dirt or debris. Solar panels also function better in a cooler climate as the cells inside the panels function better to generate more electricity.
Solar panels are expensive and not an economical investment
When solar technology first became available yes it was expensive to purchase. However, as technology has vastly improved and there is more of a demand for the technology prices have fallen significantly. Solar panel prices have fallen between 50-70% since 2010. Prices for solar panels can vary depending on where you are in the UK however rough pricing is from £3,500-£9,000 depending on panel amount and complexity of the installation. We understand this is of course that this is too expensive for some households, however, if prices do continue to fall over the next 10 years they will become even more affordable.
The initial outlay can be considered an expensive purchase but the panels come with at least a 25 year warranty, which is 25 worry-free years of solar generation. And with the energy crisis we currently have that is driving Grid prices through the roof, payback periods are becoming less and less. This used to be more than 20 years but now it can be less than 10 years with the average household saving around 70% on their electricity bill each year with solar panels.
How quickly you recoup this cost depends on factors such as the direction of your roof, what country you are in, and how much time you spend at home. Something else to think about is there is now a smart export guarantee. This allows you to sell any excess back to the Grid for a fixed price, energy providers such as Octopus now have special tariffs where they will pay more if you send energy back to the grid at specific times.
Solar panels are ugly
Okay so a panel on the roof our your home isn’t going to be aesthetically pleasing to look at, BUT solar panels are no longer the massive bulky blue chunks of metal sticking out from your roof that they used to be! They are now slimed down with most being black and very sleek. You can now even get panels that integrate within your roof so instead of having titles the panels take up this space. These panels are slim fit and cannot be seen protruding from the roof.
Solar panels should only go on south facing roofs
So this one is a biggie. Yes solar panels in the UK will provide the maximum exposure to sunlight and in turn, generate the most electricity if installed on a south facing roof. However, this is not to say you shouldn’t get solar panels if you don’t have a south facing roof. Solar panels in the UK will generate adequate amounts of power if installed at any orientation from south to east or west. The only orientation we suggest UK households stay away from would be north.
Solar panel installation is complicated
Most domestic solar panel installations are fairly straightforward and we complete most within a day or two. The most important thing you need to ensure you do for a solar panel installation is to use an MCS-accredited installer like Rawson Solar. This means the installer adheres to the latest industry standards and that you will get a high-quality install. We do the rest and it’s not complicated, we do this daily!
Solar panels need a lot of maintenance
Wrong! Solar panels require little to no maintenance. Solar panels are generally installed at an angle which helps keep them clean, as rainwater washes down them taking with it any debris on the surface.
Installing Solar panels will affect my home resale value
Adding solar panels to your home increases the EPC rating of your property which means it is more energy efficient. Which is linked to higher prices. And as home buyers become more environmentally aware of their impact on the environment, more home buyers will want to purchase homes with solar panels already fitted. Not to mention the ever-increasing energy bills that solar panels will help to reduce the cost of.