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5 Solar EPC solutions debunk popular solar installation myths

September 11, 2020by absrenewpower

 

Solar Myths

Following up on our popular article, this article will debunk some more popular solar installation myths with solar EPC solutions. As myths can discourage many from benefitting from the potential of solar, we aim to educate our audience with solar EPC solutions that can debunk such myths and encourage more users to the growing solar industry.

Myth #1. Solar installation is only suitable for warmer regions

False. Although, it is true that solar panels work on energy received from the sun. However, the climatic conditions are considered during the solar installation process. Solar panels perform worse on extremely hot climates. The ideal temperature to achieve maximum generation would be 25 degrees. For every degree higher than that, a panel loses a small portion of its efficiency i.e. a solar PV system can lose up to 10% of its efficiency on hot weathers. Having said that, Germany receives low sunlight and consistently averages low temperature, yet remain to be one of the leading solar energy users.

Myth #2. Solar energy will never contribute to our high energy requirements

False, it depends on the available space and the solar installation. The higher the solar installation, the higher the energy it can generate. Due to space constraints in residential areas, they are unable to install the number of panels required to completely power their homes. In such cases, majority of the residential houses are unable to power higher power consuming appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, etc. However, they can power appliances like microwave oven, televisions, bulbs, fans, etc.

If you take space constraint out of the picture, there are many industries and commercial properties that power their major or entire space on solar allowing them to pay close to nothing for their electricity consumption. We can take solar farms as an example to prove the myth wrong. In a solar farm, huge acres of land are allotted to power one or multiple designated consumers at another location through the Open Access model. These projects can power an entire rural community or multiple businesses.

Myth #3. Solar energy generated can only be used during the daytime

False, this statement is not applicable for off-grid solar PV systems which runs on solar electricity backed on multiple batteries. For on-grid solar PV systems, excess solar electricity generated is sent back to the grid to get units credited during nighttime. However, with inconsistent solar policies across states, DISCOMS in certain states do not credit units back. At such cases, we recommend our customers to opt for hybrid solar PV system which adds a battery storage to the on-grid solar PV system allowing the users to store the excess electricity generated to be used during nighttime.

Myth#4. Electricity bills will get cheaper if I keep adding solar panels

While the statement might be partially true, it does not mean that you can randomly keep adding solar panels and expect lower utility bills. Solar EPC providers inspect and study the site before installing solar panels. Multiple factors such as shade-free region, DISCOM policies, structure, energy consumption, etc. are taken into consideration before the installation process. Therefore, the statement holds true pre-installation but not post installation.

Myth#5. Solar panels have a short life

False, solar panels come with a minimum warranty of 20 years. The average life span of a solar panel is 25-30 years which means it offers the benefits of solar energy for more than two decades. This does not mean that solar panels stop working after 30 years, it just stops generating the desired no of units. Solar panels installed in 1980 continue to generating electricity.

 

We hope our solar EPC solutions debunked some more myths on solar installation. We would highly recommend you share our article with other individuals who believe in these myths. Visit us next time for more knowledge sharing articles.

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