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3 Worst Solar Power Misconceptions Solar panel installations have been around for decades, yet as an Orange County Solar contractor, it seems that the public continues to think of this as a “new” energy source. As advances are made with solar products, there exists the challenge of keeping up-to-date on the new developments – and especially the solar industry in Southern California. So, let’s take a few minutes and go over some of the most common misconceptions about solar panels and other solar products.

Solar Misconception #1: “Solar installation is expensive.”

By far, the biggest misconception about solar panel installation is the idea that it is way too expensive. According to a study completed by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the cost of solar installation has fallen by more than 70% in the last decade! In fact, the average cost of a solar installation in California ranges from $12,900 to $17,400. From that price, you can subtract another 26% with the 2020 tax incentives (22% in 2021) lowering the average price after tax credits to only $11,200. Now consider your savings. Let’s say you choose the system that 100% powers your home. You can easily save $1,200 or more in electric bills. Over the 20-year life span of a solar panel, that will save you at least $24,000. If your system generates more electricity that you use, you can sell it back to the electric company which can generates additional income and meanwhile you can be proud to do your part to help reduce our carbon dependence and save planet earth.

Solar Misconception #2: “Solar energy is too new to be a reliable alternative energy source.”

The solar industry has been harnessing the power of the sun for over 50 years. Like any progressive industry, there has been new innovations that have created more efficient collection methods – but that only shows that the solar industry is moving forward as an even more reliable energy source.

Solar Misconception #3: “You need a room full of batteries to power a house with solar.”

Many homeowners believe that batteries are an essential solar system component, but that is not true. While there are advantages to having a solar batter backup system, it is not a requirement. If using a battery-free system, you will need to be connected to the electrical grid to access power when the solar panels are not at full capacity. This includes peak activity times such as early mornings and evenings and any activities after dark. This is called a grid-tied system. Excess electricity generated during non-peak off hours (such as during the day when the lights are off and you’re at work) are offset by sending unused solar power back into the grid. If you live in a net energy metering state, such as California, then they will issue credits for the energy you supply to them which is then used to offset your electricity bill. If you have any additional questions or concerns about solar panel installation systems, please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with more information.