Busting the Most Common Solar Power Myths

March 24, 2015
A Large Solar Panel on the Roof — Solar Power Services in Brisbane, QLD
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Despite more people now using solar power for their homes and businesses, there are still plenty of myths surrounding solar power. Even places perfectly suited for solar power like Brisbane or other parts of Queensland have residents that are misinformed or clueless about it. And that’s a shame, because solar power has many remarkable benefits that most homes and businesses can definitely take advantage of.

To clear things up, we’ve compiled a short list of the most common myths about solar power and debunked them one by one.

Myth: It’s very expensive to set up and install.

Truth: Yes, like any other investment for your home or business, setting up and installing a solar power system requires some investment. That’s only natural. What most people get wrong, however, is thinking that it’s much more expensive than setting up other types of power systems. This may have been true several years ago when solar power was a new thing, but it’s definitely not true now. With more people now using solar power and solar power systems becoming more efficient, it’s now more affordable than ever to install a solar power system in your home or business.

And to top it all off, some companies now offer amazing solar finance packages that make setting up a solar power system significantly cheaper, or in some cases, even free! Some packages also have lower and more stable power rates than other systems, making solar power more affordable and cost-friendly from the get go.

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Myth: Solar power systems can only be used in the daytime.

Truth: Because solar power systems generate electricity from the sun, it’s easy to think that it can only be used during the day. But that’s not true. Most conventional solar power systems can store excess energy generated during the day and use it later when needed (i.e. at night). Hybrid systems and off-grid solutions like these are now the norm for most homes, providing more reliable power and less energy consumption from the main grid throughout the day.

Myth: Local governments are no longer offering feed-in tariffs for solar power, lessening savings for the user.

Truth: Compensation and savings from feed-in tariffs depend on your location and your state government’s guidelines. Some governments have stopped feed-in tariffs for solar power altogether, while others have simply modified their rates. For more information on how these apply to you, please check with your local council.

For those looking for solar power in Brisbane/Queensland, however, you can find the official guidelines in its official website. While government feed-in tariffs are no longer available in general, some users in certain places may be still be eligible. However, even with no general feed-in tariff from the Queensland government, energy retailers and companies still provide rebates and cash back schemes, so opportunities for compensation and savings are still available. As mentioned earlier, solar finance also enables customers to reduce their energy bills and enjoy no deposit, interest-free finance.

Myth: Only structures with a perfectly positioned roof layout can use solar power.

Truth: While certain roofs and layouts are better than others for solar power (i.e. captures more sunlight), there are plenty of workarounds to accommodate more challenging structures. That’s because not every building was built with solar power in mind, especially if it was built several years ago. The best solar companies understand this and should have experience and knowledge on how to make solar power work best for your home or business. If you’re unsure about your home’s suitability for solar power, we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation or quote.

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If you have any other questions about solar power or how it fits your home or business, feel free to contact Apollo Solar and we’ll get back to you right away.