You’ve probably heard a few things about solar energy, but how do you separate fact from fiction? Well, we Sunrunners are here to set the record straight by busting five common home solar myths so you can learn how solar really works, and how it can help you prepare for the future.
Myth #1: Solar Panels Don’t Produce Energy in the Fall and Winter
This is one of the most common myths about solar energy. And while it's true warm and sunny states like Arizona, California, and Florida are ideal places to go solar, the reality is, solar panels can actually work better in cooler climates.
In fact, studies have proved a home solar system loses around 0.45% of efficiency for every degree above 77°F.1 In other words, cool and sunny weather is best for solar, as long as your panels aren’t covered by snow. But even if they are, there’s a simple fix. Learn the best way to clean your solar panels.
And what about on cloudy and stormy weather, you ask? Yes, solar panels also work under these conditions, yet, not quite as well as when the sun shines brightest, so you should expect around a 10-25% lower capacity.
Just don’t cling too much to this detail in particular, because what matters is how much sunlight your home gets year-round. Cloudy and stormy days are a common thing, but on average, this won’t impact the return on investment of your home solar system.
Long story short, living in a cold place doesn’t mean you can’t create your own clean, renewable energy at home to take control of your electricity bills and reduce your carbon emissions for decades to come.
Myth #2: Home Solar Systems Are Too Expensive
Not at all! In reality, the cost of solar across the country have hit an all-time low, and according to experts, the best time to go solar is now.
As the #1 home solar installer in the U.S., at Sunrun, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of Americans go solar in the simplest and most affordable way possible. That’s why we offer you the choice to lease or purchase a brand-new set of solar panels for as little as $0 down.
Plus, if you decide to go solar with us Sunrunners, we’ll monitor the home solar system — daily — and offer free solar panel maintenance, repairs, and comprehensive insurance for your full peace of mind. A.K.A, The Sunrun Guarantee.
Myth #3: I Can’t Move After Installing Solar Panels
If you decide to move, we Sunrunners have a team of Service Transfer Specialists standing by to help you sell your home and transfer your solar contract to the new owner. As soon as you let us know you’re selling your home, you’ll be assigned to a Service Transfer Specialist who’ll work with you exclusively through the entire process.
From educating realtors and potential buyers to working with home inspectors, escrow officers, title agents, and anyone else who should know about your system or solar contract, at Sunrun, we have your back. Learn how to transfer your Sunrun solar service.
And in case you didn’t know, recent data shows a home solar system is viewed as a home upgrade, just like renovating your kitchen or installing a pool; which means, putting solar panels on your roof can increase your home value. On top of that, solar homes in the U.S. sell faster and for around 15 to 20% more than homes without a system.
See? Selling your solar home shouldn’t be too hard. Saying goodbye to those bill-controlling, carbon-reducing solar panels may be a different story, though.
Myth #4: Home Solar Systems Are Complicated and High Maintenance
Another common solar myth is having solar panels at home is too much work. The truth? New home solar systems are incredibly reliable; however, they do require proper caring and cleaning to stay in top shape during the next 25 years or longer.
Meaning, if your solar panels don’t experience any damage by strong winds, falling trees, or other things; rest easy knowing they’ll last you decades. And as mentioned above, at Sunrun, we offer comprehensive home solar system support from contract signature to solar panel life cycle so you can focus less on your panels’ performance and more on enjoying the benefits solar will bring to you and your community.
Myth #5: Solar Panels Are Quickly Outdated
While a home solar system is a big investment, studies have shown a home solar installation can last anywhere between 25 to 30 years — or sometimes more.
Yet, this doesn’t mean the system will stop creating electricity after a couple of decades. It just means its energy production will decrease by what solar panel manufacturers consider best to meet the energy needs of the average American family.
Actually, solar panels made in the 80s are still producing clean energy today. So if you decide to go solar now, you don’t need to worry about this at all. Get the details about how solar panels really last.
Build a Clean, Affordable, and Reliable Energy Future — Starting Today
Now that you know the truth about solar, the future is looking a whole lot brighter, don’t you think? Besides, starting a solar journey won’t just help you take control of your electric bills and reduce your carbon emissions; this is a move which could also save you thousands of dollars in electricity costs during the next 25 years.
If you’re interested in discussing your solar options, take the first step and see if Sunrun is a good match for your home by requesting a personalized quote, today. With us Sunrunners, solar quotes are always free!