Rooftop solar PV is an exciting new way to power a home with clean, renewable energy. Many of our customers are saving money on their energy bills and helping the environment by using a renewable energy source to reduce air pollution.
In conversations with homeowners around the Ireland, however, it’s become apparent there are some misconceptions circulating about solar power. We’d like to help clear the air around some of the most common myths about rooftop solar:
Myth No. 1: There’s no way I can afford solar PV panels on my budget.
Rooftop solar has become much more affordable as the cost of manufacturing solar panels has come down. Many solar companies offer solar panels for home at little to no upfront cost with finance agreements. Many solar companies also have relationships with lenders that can help you finance the purchase of solar panels — or you can use your preferred lender i.e. Flexi-fi.
If you purchase the panels, you can also take advantage of incentives from the SEAI grants. For example, The grant offers homeowners up to €3000 to support the installation of Solar PV panels and battery energy storage systems.
Myth No. 2: My roof doesn’t get enough sunlight to make solar PV worth it.
Would you be surprised to learn that Germany – which generally gets as much sunshine as Alaska – is the worldwide leader in solar power? Although it seems counterintuitive, rooftop solar is a viable solution even in overcast climates.
An easy way to see how many hours of usable sunlight your roof receives per year is Google’s Project Sunroof, which provides a free analysis in seconds. You can also book a free site survey from Ecoplex at no cost. A team of technicians will conduct an on-site survey and evaluate your roof size, pitch and direction to make sure solar is a good fit for you — and for most people it is. Remember, even on days when the sun isn’t shining, solar panels often continue to produce energy.
Myth No. 3: I can expect to pay and save the same amount as my neighbour with solar PV.
Solar is not one-size-fits-all — each system is custom-designed for a roof and the amount of sunlight it receives. Even on the same street, the orientation of your roof may mean you receive more or less sunlight than your neighbor. This will increase the amount of electricity you can produce but could also mean a larger monthly payment than your neighbour with a smaller array.
Myth No. 4: Solar doesn’t make sense if the panels don’t cover 100 percent of my power.
Although rooftop solar cannot typically offset your entire electricity bill, it often decreases the amount you pay each month — even though you’re using the same amount of energy. Our customers typically save money on their energy costs because they end up purchasing less electricity from their utility.