Most Common Solar Hesitations & Why They’re Invalid
If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? Probably not. But if your friends got solar energy, would you? If you still have hesitations about going solar, we can help! Learning about solar energy and its numerous nuances can be daunting so before you make the solar leap, let’s make sure you know all the facts. Solar Bear of Tampa shares the four most common misconceptions when it comes to solar.
1) It is too expensive
On average, residential solar systems can range from $15,000 to $35,000. Though, most don’t realize that you are not required to pay in entirety upon installation. Solar Bear of Tampa offers several financing options that pair nicely with local, state, and federal tax incentives and rebates that offset initial costs. Don’t forget about the ever-popular net metering program! If your solar panels produce more electricity than necessary, any excess can be sent back to the utility grid to earn credit on a future utility bill. Currently, Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Duke Energy, and Florida Power & Light (FPL) offer utility net metering programs in Florida.
2) I don’t own a house
If you rent a home or live in an apartment building, you may still have solar energy options. Community solar programs allow multiple people to benefit from a shared solar array. Any purchasing and installation costs are divided amongst participants. Space constraints may be an additional obstacle but Solar Bear of Tampa offers several system options that are customizable to your needs. We can provide information on the best scope and size of the system, and any additional maintenance plans during our free estimate.
3) It’s not sunny enough
Florida is the Sunshine State but also the Lightning Capital of the World. How can solar work when the sun isn’t shining? Solar panels can actually still produce energy in most kinds of cloudy weather conditions, withstand winds over 100mph and perform well in cold climates. They are an all-weather kind of system. Adding a solar battery to the system allows homeowners to store excess energy for nighttime…and those rainy days.
4) They are not efficient
When new customers hear that a high-efficiency rate for solar panels hovers around 23%, they may be confused. But, the efficiency of a solar panel system is determined by the amount of light absorbed off the panels’ surface. Sometimes, this sunlight may be reflected off the panel, turned into heat, or simply cannot be absorbed if it is infrared light. This remaining light is converted into AC or DC energy for home appliances and more. Only until recently was the average efficiency around 15% but thanks to advancements in technology, has risen to 22%. High-efficiency solar panels can reach 23% and above. Because of the intensity from the sun’s rays, this amount is more than enough to power your home.