5 Myths of Solar
1. Solar is expensive.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SIEA) the price of solar panels has dropped more than 60% over the last ten years. However, its important to keep in mind that panels and equipment are only a small portion of the costs. Soft costs - or those involved with permitting, labor, and engineering - account for more than 50% of the overall installation costs.
Today, there are also countless financing options that can help homeowners pay for solar. This, coupled with the 30% tax credit, can make solar a very affordable option for those looking to produce their own reliable, clean energy.
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2. Solar panels damage the roof and void warranties.
Depending on the type of roof you have or are installing, reputable installation companies will use quality flash mounts and other products to waterproof and seal all roof penetrations. In some cases - such as when installing on metal roofs - ballasted mounts or roof clamps that attach directly to the roof may be used to avoid drilling into the roof all together.
Most roof contractors have provision for solar in their warranties, however, communication prior to installation is strongly recommended to ensure proper steps are taken to not void the warranty.
3. Solar PV systems aren't durable.
In addition to being built and tested to very high code standards, including being hurricane grade, there is also the common misconception that solar panels won't last long enough to pay for themselves. This is false. Many solar panel manufactures and inverter companies have warranties that last 15-20 years, with many systems living long after that. This is well over the 6-12 years is takes to pay off the system
4. Solar panels require maintenance.
Thanks to mother nature solar systems require little to no cleaning and maintenance. The most you might have to do is brush off the snow or fallen leaves. Other than that, the rain will do the rest!
5. HOAs don't allow solar.
If you are in a state with a "Solar Access Law" then HOAs cannot legally stop you from installing solar. There are currently 25 states with Solar Access Laws, including Florida.