Debunked Myths About Solar Energy
Solar only works when the sun is out.
Sunlight still reaches the Earth during cloudy, rainy, and snowy periods. Solar shingles collect when the sun is out. With net metering and battery storage, you can use solar energy after the sun goes down.
Solar isn't efficient enough for my needs.
Solar panels aren't 100% efficient because they don't use all types of light. Solar panels can't harvest all of the light. Some light converts to heat or reflects.
Sunlight is composed of UV light, visible and infrared, and solar panels cannot absorb infrared and little UV light. While solar doesn't use all types of light, the sun in 1-1/2 hours provides more power than the world consumes in a year.
Solar continues to innovate, but with prices coming down and available incentives to switch, there may be no better time than now.
It's too expensive.
Incentives + financing can make your monthly solar payment less than your current electric bill. Don't forget to figure in general increases in electric costs too!
If you are paying for solar for over 25 years, factor in increases in the cost of electricity. North Carolina residents see an increase of 1.35% every year. A $200 electric bill in 2022 is a $260 electric bill in 25 years.