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Top 5 Solar Power Myths

SOLAR MYTH #1

“Solar panels hurt the U.S. economy.”

FALSE

In 2009, the solar industry employed around 50,000 Americans. It has now grown to over 100,000. At around July to September of 2011, the U.S. solar energy market grew 140%, therefore making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy.

SOLAR MYTH #2

“Reselling my house would be difficult with solar panels.”

FALSE

Based on research, one of the most important deciding factors when buying a home is energy costs. Solar panels are a competitive advantage since energy will rely on a natural source such as the sun. The homeowner then will not be subject to constantly rising utility prices. According to the Department of Energy, solar homes sell at up to twice the rate compared to conventional ones.

SOLAR MYTH #3

“Solar panels are not aesthetically appealing.”

FALSE

Modern solar panels are closely contoured to your roof; therefore, giving your home that sleek look. Gone are the bulky and ugly solar panels of the 1970’s.

SOLAR MYTH #4

“Solar doesn’t work on cloudy days.”

FALSE

FACT: It is usually cold and cloudy in Germany and yet they are the world leader in solar power, producing five times as much as what the U.S. produces.

While it is true that solar panels operate most efficiently in direct sunlight, you don’t need to always have bright and sunny days for solar panels to work.

SOLAR MYTH #5

“Solar panels are expensive.”

FALSE

For the past decades, solar panels have been very expensive, but the cost of installing solar panels has significantly dropped down nowadays. If you think of it as a financially viable solution to your energy needs than an expensive luxury, you will begin to understand how you can save more in the long run. Solar panels are definitely worth the investment

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