Updated: Jan 12
Why have millions of people decided to power their homes with solar energy?
But there is some misinformation and a few misconceptions about solar that may have caused you to doubt whether or not solar makes sense for you and your family.
Let’s clear up the three most common misconceptions about going solar.
#1 Solar is expensive.
[The truth: Most people can't afford to NOT go solar.]
Did you know that there is now a 26% federal tax credit that will help you save on a solar installation for your home? This cuts down more than one-fourth of the entire solar expense. It’s unclear if the tax credit will extend past 2021, so take advantage of these savings while you still can.
Also in many instances, you don’t even have to pay for your panels. This is called a power purchase agreement where you agree to pay for your monthly discounted solar power usage on panels that are owned and maintained by someone else. Learn more about the cost of solar here.
#2 Solar does not save you money on energy bills.
[The truth: Complete Solar won't install solar if it won't save you money monthly.]
There can be an initial upfront investment if you purchase solar all at once or take a loan/lease out. However, typically within a few years, your panels will have paid for themselves because of energy bill savings. In some cases, homeowners can save as much as 75% for their total energy payments.
#3 Solar power only works in sunny climates.
[The truth: Solar works in most places across the US.]
While solar energy is more efficient in sunny climates, it does not mean that solar panels will not work in darker or less sunny climates. Solar panel technology has come a long way, making it possible for solar batteries to store energy from sunny days for days when sunshine is less abundant.
Check out this case study about how one of our customers went solar in a shady oak forest in Virginia.
Clearing up misconceptions about solar should give you a clearer picture of whether or not solar is the right choice for powering your home. However, the best way to get an accurate view of how much you can save is to schedule a call to get a custom quote for your energy needs and your home.
You can schedule a call here or call us at (925) 248-4733.