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Debunking Common Solar Myths

Solar energy is one of the most promising and sustainable sources of renewable energy in the world. However, there are still many myths and misconceptions around solar panels that prevent some people from fully embracing this technology. In this article, we will debunk some of the most common myths about solar panels with the hope of encouraging more people to switch to solar energy and embrace a more sustainable future.

Myth #1: Solar panels cause roof leaks.

Fact: Solar panels are designed to be installed on a variety of roof types. In fact, solar panels can even protect your roof by providing an additional layer of insulation and shielding it from the elements. To avoid potential damage to your roof, it is important to work with a reputable installer who can asses your roof’s condition and ensure your installation is done properly to minimize any potential risks.

Myth #2: Solar panels are too expensive.

Fact: Solar panels help homeowners save money on their utility bills over time, as they reduce or eliminate the need to purchase electricity from the grid. Additionally, there are many financing options available that help make solar energy more accessible and affordable for homeowners.

Between the federal and state tax credits, homeowners are eligible to receive roughly 50% of the total project cost covered as a tax credit- and that’s before NYSERDA rebates come into play. Plus, the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act has extended the federal tax credit to 30% through 2032. 

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Myth #3: Solar panels require a lot of maintenance.

Fact: Solar panels require very little maintenance, as they have no moving parts and are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. Generally, it is only necessary to clean solar panels periodically to remove any dirt or debris that can accumulate. Solar panels are designed to last for decades, along with Kasselman Solar’s 25-year warranty for additional peace of mind.

Myth #4: Solar panels are ugly and will decrease the value of my home.

While it is true that some solar panels may not be aesthetically pleasing to everyone, there are many options available that can complement the design of your home. Additionally, according to Zillow, owning solar panels actually increases home value by an average of 4.1%.

Myth #5: Solar panels only work in warm, sunny climates.

Fact: While it is true that solar panels work best in direct sunlight, they can still generate electricity in cloudy or cooler climates. Solar panels use light, not heat, to generate electricity. In fact, solar panels work more efficiently at cooler temperatures than high temperatures.

Myth #6: Solar panels ruin roofs.

Fact: When installed correctly by a qualified solar installer, solar panels should not cause any damage to your roof. In fact, most reputable solar companies offer warranties that cover any damage to your roof caused by the installation of solar panels. Essentially, it comes down to the quality of the installation. If the installation is done correctly, the addition of solar panels will be smooth sailing for the customer. If the installation is not done with care, it can cause problems that last years for the home.

Kasselman Solar’s designation as a Quality Solar Installer with Gold Status from NYSERDA shows a commitment to precision and attention to detail during installation that lets our customers trust our team to get the job done right the first time. To achieve Gold Status, Kasselman Solar has been named a Quality Solar Installer for three consecutive years, demonstrating a long track record of success.

In conclusion, solar energy is a clean, sustainable, and cost-effective source of energy that can help homeowners save money on their energy bills, increase the value of their home, and reduce their carbon footprint. Get in touch today to explore your solar options with our team of experts!