Trumping solar myths – why it’s beneficial during winter

On May 3rd, we celebrated World Sun Day, an annual event that highlights the significance of solar energy in reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change. It was a great opportunity to remind everyone about the benefits of solar energy for homes and businesses.

Queensland are the nations leaders when it comes to solar energy with over 900,000 small scale solar systems installed. This equates to more than 43% of residences having installed solar panels by January 2023. But, when it comes to winter, do we still get the benefits of solar? Of course you do! We’re here to disparage solar myths such as this.

Solar panels working on a wet and cloudy day

Myth: Solar panels don’t work in cold or cloudy weather

FACT: Whilst solar panels do perform optimally in direct sunlight, even in hazy and cloudy weather, they can still capture energy from the sun to generate electricity. In fact, cooler temperatures actually have a positive effect on solar panel performance since lower cell resistance allows them to produce greater amounts of power.

Myth: Solar panels are too expensive

FACT: It’s a common myth that solar panels are too expensive for the average homeowner. But, whilst it’s true that the upfront cost of installing solar panels can be significant, it’s important to consider the long term savings on your energy bills and potential government incentives and tax credits.

Over time, many homeowners can actually reimburse the cost of their solar panel installation through energy savings provided they’re maintained and cleaned for optimal efficiency. With the declining cost of solar technology and the increasing demand for renewable energy, the cost of solar panel installation is becoming more affordable every year for homeowners. We are here to assist you in adressing upfront costs by providing financing option like Brighte personal loans. With these financing solutions, you can spread your payments over time, making solar energy installations acessible and cost effective.

Myth: Solar panels require a lot of maintenance

FACT: In reality, solar panels are relatively low maintenance and typically only require occasional cleaning to remove debris or dirt that may accumulate on the surface and affect their efficiency.

Solar panels are designed to be durable and to handle a range of weather conditions and our harsh Australian climates, as well as the salty air. However, if you notice a drop in the energy that your solar panels are producing, contact your solar specialist as dust, dirt, animal droppings or leaves may need to be removed to get your system back to peak performance.

Cracked solar panel

Myth: Solar panels are not durable

FACT: Actually, solar panels are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions and usually come endorsed with a warranty of 20 – 25 years!

Solar panels are made from tempered glass and are designed to be strong enough to withstand torrential rain, hail and gale force winds. Solar panels are rigorously tested to make sure that they can cope with constant UV exposure and temperature changes without cracking or warping. Moreover, solar panels are built to be highly resistant to corrosion, ensuring that they can last for decades without significant wear and tear.

Choosing the right solar panels is crucial for optimal performance. Consult your local solar installer for recommendations. At Fallon Solutions, we only recommend tried and tested high-quality panels.

Myth: Solar panels are only for wealthy homeowners

FACT: Whilst it may have been true that solar panels were once considered a luxury item, advances in technology and increased demand have made them more affordable and accessible than ever before.

In fact, the cost of solar panel installation has decreased by 40%* over the past decade, making it a viable option for many homeowners. There are also many financing options available as well as incentive schemes to help homeowners offset the initial installation costs, making it an even more financially attractive option.

Myth: Solar panels only work in certain locations

FACT: Solar panels can generate power in almost any location, as long as they are able to access sunlight. Whilst it’s true that some locations may be more optimal for generating solar energy than others, solar panels are still able to work in areas with less sunshine.

Solar panels are becoming increasingly common in areas with high levels of cloud cover. Specifically, our new Solar systems by Enphase Solar are designed to perform optimally even in cloudy weather conditions. With advanced technology, such as microinverters, each solar panel operates independently, maximizing energy production regardless of shading or overcast skies. This means that even on cloudy days, you can still enjoy the benefits of solar energy, reducing your electricity bills and minimizing your environmental footprint.

If you’re a homeowner with a solar panel system, don’t forget to have it regularly checked for optimal efficiency. Our solar experts offer a Solar System Performance Check for only $99, which includes an inspection of your solar panels for any potential issues and recommendations to maximise their efficiency.

Reference: *Solar Choice Price Index April 2023