Solar energy myths

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Although solar power has been praised in recent years for the benefits it can have on Australian homes and businesses, there are still many solar energy myths that surround the renewable energy solution. Do solar systems work when it’s cloudy? Do solar panels work in all climates? Will a solar power system break my bank balance – or even worse, my roof? Enerklean’s solar power experts are at hand to bust some of Australia’s most common solar energy myths and unveil the true potential of solar power for Australian homes and businesses.

Solar panels don’t work when it’s cloudy 

Whilst solar systems work at their optimum when the weather is clear and sunny, solar panels do still work when it’s cloudy. Many factors come into play when it comes to the efficiency of solar systems: time of year, time of day, and the amount of dust or water vapour in the air. Whilst cloud cover and shading may reduce the output of your solar panels, regular cleaning to remove dirt, dust and debris will generally increase the efficiency of your overall system. After all, Australia is one of the sunniest countries in the world, so we might as well take advantage of the weather!

Solar systems don’t work in cold climates 

The idea that solar systems don’t work in cold climates is one of the biggest solar energy myths. Solar panels convert light (not heat) into energy, meaning you can still benefit from solar power systems in cooler temperatures. Whilst snow coverage may affect the output of your system due to shadowing, we don’t have to worry too much about this in the sunnier states of Australia!

You can’t benefit from a solar system at night

Whilst it’s true that solar panels won’t generate power at night, this isn’t to say you can’t benefit from your residential or commercial solar system at all later on. Your solar system alone won’t generate energy after sunset; however, should you choose to install one, a battery energy storage system would allow you to store any excess energy that your solar panels generate during the day, meaning you won’t have to buy back energy from the grid at peak rates later on.

Solar panels are really expensive

Many Australian homes and businesses are put off by solar panels because they believe that renewable energy systems are too expensive. In actual fact, investing in renewable energy can save you a lot of money in the long run. Whilst a typical 5kW solar system may cost you a few thousand dollars initially, Enerklean’s customers usually see a return on this figure within three years. Solar power units will cut the costs of  your power bill, so it’s only a matter of time before a solar power system turns into a money-saving mechanism for Australian homes and businesses.

Solar panels will damage my roof

Providing you use CEC accredited installers, your solar system shouldn’t cause any damage to your roof. If anything, solar panels will actually protect your roof from weather damage. At Enerklean, our accredited installers are experienced in the installation of rooftop solar systems. Whilst we source only the highest quality solar products to provide our customers with reliable and durable solar equipment, our experienced solar installers take the time and care to ensure that you’re happy with the installation process.

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Enerklean offer renewable energy solutions to homes and businesses across Australia. With high quality products and our industry expertise, we can help you bust common solar energy myths and get the most out of your solar system.

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