The need for renewable energy is increasing in order to mitigate the consequences of global warming caused by rising pollution within our planet and environment. Solar panels have been placed in over one million UK homes, with homeowners using them as a reliable and guaranteed source of renewable energy.
Although you may believe that solar energy is a well-established and highly regarded technology in the UK, it may come as a surprise just how many solar panel myths and misconceptions exist. Well, we are here to bust these common myths regarding solar panels. Here are some common myths about solar panels busted and explained.
Myth 1: Installing solar panels is very complicated
Solar panels are an amazing technology but are by no means complicated to install! As long as you hire a reputable solar PV installer, solar panel installation is pretty simple. If your system is linked to your utility grid, as is usual with power systems, it makes solar panels far easier to maintain too. Maintaining your solar panels is equally as straightforward since you just need to ensure they are well cleaned.
Myth 2: Solar energy will still provide energy when the power goes out
Needless to say, if you live on the grid, when there is a power cut or when the power goes out, the power grid system will go out as well, because it is unsafe to transmit electricity to lines that are being repaired by electrical workers. Consequently, if your inverter detects that the grid has been turned off, it will turn off all power generated by solar panels.
Myth 3: The UK doesn’t receive enough sun for solar energy
The most popular misunderstanding surrounding solar panels is that they only function in direct sunlight, and because the UK isn’t entirely known for its sunny spells, much rather its dismal rainy spells instead, they’re useless here. This is absolutely not the case at all. Although solar panels are more effective and productive when it’s sunny than when it is cloudy – up to 50% more effective to be precise – your solar panels will still generate significant amounts of energy when it is cloudy outside.
Myth 4: Solar panel prices depend on the size of your property
Solar panels are tailored to each homeowner’s individual requirements. When calculating the cost of installing solar panels, the direction and slope of your home’s roof are taken into account. Furthermore, during construction, the surrounding area of the roof is evaluated to ensure that the roof is positioned in an area with easy access to sunlight so that no sunshine is blocked by nearby surroundings.
Myth 5: More energy is generated on warmer days
Heat has minimal effect on the quantity of solar energy produced by your solar panels. Solar panels generate power from light rather than heat, and while hot summer days provide longer periods of sunshine and warmth, solar panels often do not attain peak efficiency during days of hot and scorching temperatures.