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Solar Energy Myths and Misconceptions

Solar Energy | 4 November 2021

As the demand for renewable energy continues to grow, more homeowners and business managers are starting to consider installing solar energy systems to power their property. Though these systems can provide several benefits for all types of homes and commercial buildings, most owners are unsure of whether they will be able to provide enough power for their needs. This uncertainty is further confounded by several prominent myths and misconceptions surrounding solar energy. As leading providers of electrical solutions and solar energy systems, the team at BNR Electric understands how difficult it can be to separate fact from fiction. That is why we have provided a list of common solar energy myths and misconceptions to give home and business owners the information they need to determine if solar systems are right for their property.

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4 Myths Surrounding Solar Energy

The following solar energy myths are widespread and commonly believed:

1. Solar Panels Require Constant Sunlight

While they perform best in direct sunlight, solar panels can produce energy in sunny, cloudy, rainy, and snowy weather conditions. This is demonstrated through the successful use of solar panels around the world in various climates. Whether you live in an area with constant rain or a region that is often below freezing, solar panels can deliver the power you need for your home or building.

2. Solar Energy Systems are too Expensive

Though solar energy systems require a significant financial investment, they offer a full return on this investment through energy savings over time. Many regions also offer substantial rebates for solar energy systems, allowing home and business owners to recover some of the cost of the panels, batteries, and installation.

3. Solar Panels Will Damage Your Roof

Solar panels protect and preserve the portions of your roof that they cover. Should you wish to remove or reposition these panels, they can be easily removed since they are not directly attached to the roof. It is important to ensure that your roof is in good condition before installing solar panels however, as they will need to be removed before any repairs or maintenance are performed.

4. All Solar Systems are the Same

Though solar energy systems may share similar appearances, there are two distinct types to choose from: grid-tied and off-grid. The former is connected to the electrical grid, allowing homeowners and property managers to sell excess energy back to the grid for a profit. Off-grid systems store power in battery packs, discharging this energy to power all devices within a building overnight and in the early morning.

To learn more about our solar energy systems or to inquire about our other electrical services, get in touch with the team at BNR Electric. We can be reached at 604-819-7887 and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding solar power.


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