Solar power is a fairly young industry and, like most newcomers in the energy business, any startup solar panel company is faced with a plethora of myths and misconceptions. While not completely pervasive, the wrong information surrounding solar power only serve to withhold the advantages of this sustainable and renewable source of clean energy from the people who will benefit most from it— you, the homeowner.
So let our solar experts at GO Green Air shed some light on solar power and show you the truth behind this incredibly useful new technology.
No Sun, No Power
Solar power draws energy from the sun so it stands to reason that if there’s no sun, solar panels generate zero electricity. This is a tricky mindset as cloudy days can put a damper on a solar power system’s output however, it’s important to note that snow, clouds, and rain do not completely negate their power. They are reduced but they will still generate electricity. Of course, high-capacity systems can also store their energy which means you get to save power for a rainy day, literally.
You Can’t Rely Solely on Solar Power
This is another misconception based on incomplete information. There are two types of systems for solar namely, grid-tied and independent. In a grid-tied system, your solar panels work as a supplementary source from your regular utility. In some cases, these roles are reversed and homes can use the grid on days when solar generation is not at 100%. Independent systems are also possible, but they require certain considerations before they can be used.
Solar Panels Are Expensive
The answer is both a yes and a no. Initial costs for a solar installation can cost an arm and a leg but their real value is in the amount of money you save on your electric bills in the long-term. Heating and air conditioning account for over 40% of a household’s annual utility costs and with a solar panel system, you can reduce this quite significantly for years to come.
GO Green Air is your leading provider of green energy solutions and smart HVAC systems. Give us a call at (925) 62-SOLAR for inquiries about our solar panel installations, or (925) 28-GREEN for HVAC Services. You could also fill out our online contact form to request a consultation today. We serve homes and businesses in Oakland, CA.