Puncturing Solar Panel Misconceptions

Written by: William Garriell


With time everyone is realizing the importance of renewable energy sources. The process of transformation of solar energy to electric energy has improved over time. Solar energy system was previously being used in small equipment like calculators, solar charged batteries. These panels are now designed for fulfilling the energy needs of houses and offices. As solar power is not an exhaustible resource so there is no fear of resource depletion. Moreover, it is a clean method of generating energy which means it does not exhaust your environment.

With the available sunlight and technology efficiency limitations, it is estimated that for each square meter of earth 1000 watts of energy can be produced. Imagine you do not have to feel guilty about the damage your power consumption causes to your environment. Energy generated by solar panels reduce carbon foot print. These panels, if installed on a larger level, would reduce the damage caused to the planet due to burning fossil fuels etc.

To debunk the myths surrounding the solar panels it is necessary to understand that how these solar panels work. Solar panels are made up of silicon cells and the conductors that absorb sunlight and convert it into the direct current (DC). An inverter then converts the DC into alternate current (AC). And yes, the solar panels are cost-efficient.

Misconceptions about the Solar Panels

Solar Panel is not worth a cloudy, rainy day, cold day: it is a common misconception about the solar panels that these do not work in a cloudy, rainy or cold day or when the sun is not bright and shining. It is not the case with solar panels. The silicon panels absorb photons from the sun. Because the silicon is a shiny substance so, by default, it is very reflective. To avoid bouncing back of the photons a coating or a glass cover is set over its surface. This mechanism helps these panels to absorb photons from the sun whether it’s hot or cold, or even if the sun is not bright and shining. So it is worth the cost even on a cloudy day.

Solar Panels work during conventional power system fixation: solar energy panels do have stored energy for your use. In the case when power is out for some fixation then it is a better option to avoid running electricity because it may be dangerous for anyone working with those wires for some fixation purpose.

Solar Panels require a lot of care and maintenance: A solar panel is designed in a way that it can survive different weather conditions. It is also not affected by water, dust and debris from the environment. For cleaning, you just need to wipe off its surface softly not putting a scratch to its surface. The solar panels without batteries are more common, rather inexpensive and easier to clean. The solar panels are also connected to your power grid that makes it easier to manage. It costs you almost nothing to maintain a solar panel.

Excess Energy Causes Damage: your solar panel is connected to your local power system. Excess power does not harm your solar panel or wiring or your power grid anyways. In fact, if the power generated is more than your consumption, the excess power is stored/ credited to your account in the grid system. You save on your bills. Even if the power generated is less than your consumption you can use power from the local power system you are connected to i.e. the grid. You will have minimum bills. You also do not need to change the system to the local grid or solar panels. It is done automatically. Besides, additional energy can also be sold to the grid.

Solar Panels Cause More Energy Loss: It is also a common misconception that solar panels are inefficient and cause energy loss. It is true that solar panels behave differently with different wavelengths of the sun. There is also a need for maintaining a balance between the voltage and the power generated for solar panels to work efficiently. Still, it does have some efficiency advantage that other power generation systems do not have. The grid system uses wires for the transfer of energy to the end consumer. A lot of energy is lost in transmitting it from source to the end. In contrast to it, solar panels are fixed on your rooftops, this way you avoid the loss of energy due to the distance between source and end.

Solar System Damage the Environment when expired: solar systems can be recycled after the expiration of their term period. It usually depends upon your manufacturer of the solar panel. It can be hard to identify whether the solar system you installed can be recycled or not because it is not evident by the way the solar panel performs. For this, you can consult the manufacturer. Solar panels have a life span of twenty-five years. Some of the manufacturers recycle it for you without any charges.

It is a good investment in this regard. It will benefit you more than the price you have to pay initially. It also adds to the value of your house. In case you are considering to sell your house, the value of your house will increase by $14000 on average. In fact, if you are good at estimation and math you can do a little fun exercise and draw a cost-benefit analysis map and reach your conclusion. Do not forget to incorporate the appraisal in your house’s value when drawing a cost-benefit map.


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