Solar Power Myths

HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MYTHS SURROUNDING THE SOLAR INDUSTRY

A SOLAR SYSTEM IS TOO EXPENSIVE AND NOT VIABLE​

In Australia a correctly designed and installed solar system can pay itself back in as little as 3 years.

With the the site specific data (available space, it’s shading, angle and direction) a qualified CEC Designer will be able to personalize a production estimate for the system by first calculating exactly how much it will produce.

They will be able to give you a payback point for your system usually 3- 5 years for a standard system.

For example a system could cost $4000 and provide a saving of $2000 per year it would take two years to pay back the initial investment then each year after it would be essentially profit $2000 per year. This annual saving would only increase if the cost of electricity was to increase.

SOLAR SYSTEMS REQUIRE CONSTANT MAINTENANCE

​The majority of residential solar panels are almost maintenance free. We are advised by the clean energy council that any solar modules installed at an angle exceeding ten degrees would allow for self cleaning with the rain/weather. That only leave’s the inverter maintenance which is manufacturer specific and is minimal.

SELLING YOUR HOME WILL BE HARDER WITH SOLAR PANELS

Actually, solar panels increase the value of your home. Studies have shown that homes with solar panels actually sell faster than homes without solar panels.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORTING SOLAR PANELS CAUSES MORE POLLUTION THAN THEY SAVE

Many recent studies have shown the footprint to be from 1.5 to 4 years of use worldwide

(depending on the latitude/longitude) with the two of the fastest capital cities in Australia being Sydney and Perth with a payback of just 18 months . The Solar Modules usually last 25 years. This shows that solar manufacturing is very green.

INSTALLING SOLAR TOO COMPLICATED

Solar panel installation is actually straightforward as long as you are using quality products and a good design and installation team. The hard work has been done by the solar panel and inverter manufacturers.

WAITING LONGER MIGHT BE THE RIGHT CHOICE

While it’s true that improvements in technology and manufacturing are driving the panel prices down.
The current Australian rebate is reduced on Jan 1st each year offsetting this price drop.

Also by waiting you will miss out on annual power saving

(at least $1000 per year inWestern Australia figures with 6kW solar)

With the Current Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme in western Australia of around 7c/kWh and a 6kw solar installation on your house or home you will save $1000 – $2500 per year depending on when and how you use electricity. This Ensures that the solar installation pays back its initial cost of purchase then continues to save you money

A Great way to look at it is an extra income of between 1000 and 2500 per year.

Every household could do with that

AS LONG AS TH SUN IS STILL SHINING THE SOLAR PANELS ON MY
​ROOF WILL POWER MY HOME IF THE GRID DROPS OUT.

​Actually a solar system (Grid Connected Inverter with Solar Array) will shut down in the event of power failure this is done to ensure the safety of electrical workers fixing on the power grid that had just failed.

This is required by law.

some brands of inverters are able to run one or two circuits in this situation – ask us about them

…….But what if I have Batteries ?

Not all battery systems will provide power during a power outage. This is due to cost and is a choice the client will make.

SOLAR WORKS AT NIGHT

Short answer – NO, with batteries it is possible to use the power at night that you collected from the sun that day.
The majority of existing solar power systems do not store energy in batteries. They send it back into the grid at the time it is produced.

Over the past few years uptake in battery installation has been increasing due to rapidly declining costs in battery storage.

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