For every solar advocate who believes in a clean, green future, there are devil’s advocates who haven’t seen the light (pardon the pun) when it comes to solar power. The next time you run into an argument about why solar power won’t work, be ready with these four solar truths to refute common solar myths.
Canada is too cold and snowy for solar to work.
Solar works well in many climates. From European countries like Germany and England, to foggy San Francisco, solar panels are generating clean, green energy with great success. Even better, solar panels efficiency improves when they are cooler, so those crisp, sunny days are perfect for generating power.
Putting up panels will damage my roof.
No need to worry, solar systems are easily installed on all sizes and shapes of roofs and can actually help protect them. Take a look at our Projects Page – large flat roofs, steel pitched roofs, solar works almost anywhere. Adding solar panels to your roof can even help protect it from the elements. Your solar panels will take the brunt of the wind, rain, or snow, shielding the roof beneath. If your roof does need repair, your panels can be removed from their steel rails, then re-attached after the work is complete.
The panels require a lot of maintenance.
Because fixed solar systems have no moving parts, they are generally worry-free. As long as the panels are clean and clear of snow and debris your system will continue generating power. The best solar installers also provide service and monitoring. An online portal allows you to ensure your system is performing as expected and diagnose issues as early as possible. Annual maintenance inspections by qualified technicians give you peace of mind that someone has visually inspected your system.
Producing solar energy is too expensive.
It’s true that installing a solar system requires an up-front investment, but your power production will start paying you back immediately. Within a few years your solar system will be paid off and you will be making money from renewable energy!