Misinformation, and sometimes even disinformation, about solar panels and solar energy is prevalent. Whether it’s through questionable Facebook posts or dubious news articles, solar myths continue to circulate. These myths may stem from excitement about alternative energy possibilities, fear of green technologies, or mere stubbornness.

To dispel the confusion, let’s address and debunk 11 common solar myths:

  1. MYTH: Solar panels are too expensive for most people. Debunked: The cost of solar panels has significantly decreased over time, making them affordable and financially beneficial in the short and long term, with the average cost of a home solar installation in the U.S. being $20,000. Various financing options, rebates, and incentives further make solar panels accessible.
  2. MYTH: You can’t recycle solar panels. Debunked: Solar panels can indeed be recycled through specialized organizations, making their disposal environmentally sound and safe. Moreover, solar panels are highly durable and have an average life span of 25 to 30 years.
  3. MYTH: Solar installations emit harmful electromagnetic radiation. Debunked: Solar panel installations emit low-level electromagnetic radiation and fields, similar to other electrical devices like TVs and smartphones. The World Health Organization states that exposure to weak EMR/EMF does not cause cancer or other illnesses.
  4. MYTH: Solar panels don’t work when it’s cloudy, rainy, or cold. Debunked: Solar panels can still generate energy from UV light, even on cloudy, rainy, or cold days. More efficient panels produce more energy even in less-than-ideal conditions.
  5. MYTH: The government will give you free solar panels. Debunked: While the government offers valuable rebates and incentives, free solar panels are a myth. The Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit, for instance, provides a 30% credit towards panel and installation costs.
  6. MYTH: Solar panel installations hurt your roof. Debunked: Professional solar installations do not harm your roof. Measures such as lag bolts, flashings, and sealants prevent damage and come with warranties for added peace of mind.
  7. MYTH: Solar panels decrease your property’s resale value. Debunked: Solar panels increase your property’s resale value and can help homes sell for more and faster than those without solar installations.
  8. MYTH: Solar panels can’t meet your property’s full electricity needs. Debunked: Modern solar panel technology is efficient and capable of powering your entire home, especially when combined with a home battery backup.
  9. MYTH: Your HOA won’t allow you to install solar panels. Debunked: While HOAs can place regulations on solar panel installation, they cannot legally prevent you from installing them.
  10. MYTH: Having solar panels means you aren’t connected to the electric grid. Debunked: Solar panels can be combined with batteries to provide reliable electricity, but most installations remain connected to the grid for practicality and net metering benefits.
  11. MYTH: It doesn’t matter who installs your solar panels. Debunked: A trusted, licensed solar installation company is essential for quality work, as inexperienced installers may lead to various issues and complications.

At GenTechFuel, we prioritize cutting through solar myths and helping customers go solar with confidence and knowledge. Our experienced team offers professional home and commercial installations with flexible pricing, exceptional customer service, and a 25-year lifetime warranty.

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