Solar Myths

There are a number of benefits to installing a Solar Energy System, but there are also a few misconceptions, and listed below are five major Solar Energy myths.

  • Myth #1: Solar Panels will allow you to leave the grid.
    Most solar panel systems are connected to the electric company’s infrastructure, and in turn, the electric company is connected to the grid which provides consistent power. However, it is possible to leave the grid by using batteries or generators to store electricity, but they are bulky, expensive, installation is labor intensive, and generally, not worth the effort.
  • Myth #2: Solar panels only work during sunny days.
    Solar panels will work on cold and cloudy days, as well as sunny days. Solar panels work off of light and not heat. As a matter of fact, solar panels are more efficient in cooler temperatures than warmer temperatures which makes January and February ideal months for Solar Energy Systems in Illinois.
  • Myth #3: Solar panels can still power my business when the power goes out.
    When the power goes out solar panels stop working because the inverter knows to shut off energy generation so that repairs can be performed as safely as possible.
  • Myth #4: Solar panels need to be constatntly maintained.
    Solar panels are made to last for decades and are constructed to withstand harsh weather conditions, including hail, sleet, snow, etc. It is this level of durability that reduces the need for constant maintenance and repair.
  • Myth #5: You can send 100% of excess electricity back to the utility company.
    Some Solar Energy Systems produce an extra amount of electricity above the needs of the facility, however only a small amount of excess electricity can be sent back to the utility company.