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Top Myths of Solar Panels - Insights from Experts at Mypower

Solar panels have become increasingly popular over the years, and thousands of UK businesses are now utilising commercial solar power as a way to boost their green credentials and cut costs. Despite this, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the costs, benefits, and potential drawbacks of solar panel systems. This article will highlight the core myths of solar, with Expert Insights from Mypower.

Myth 1: Solar panels don’t work in cloudy conditions

It is a common misconception that solar panels can’t generate electricity when there is heavy cloud cover. This is a big concern for companies based in countries like the UK, as these locations tend to have a cold climate.

While it’s true that overcast conditions can affect how much electricity solar panels generate, the system will continue to work efficiently in cloudy conditions. Commercial solar panels will obviously produce more electricity on sunny days, but your system should still generate around 25% of what they output on those brighter days. This is because solar radiation can penetrate cloud cover, which is also why you can get sunburn on overcast days.

Myth 2: Solar panels are ineffective in cold climates

Similarly, it is a common solar myth that solar panels are a waste of money if you live in a cold climate. In fact, solar panels are often most effective in sunny, cold climates as hot weather can damage solar panels and make the system less effective. Your solar system should continue to generate electricity in even the coldest winter months, so don’t let the chilly UK weather put you off investing in solar for your business!

Myth 3: Solar panels spoil a building

Switching your business to solar will require you to have solar panels installed on the roof of your commercial property. The panels can actually provide additional protection to roof covering, reducing UV deterioration. The system is likely to be noticeable, and the attractiveness of solar panels is subjective. However, solar panels have become extremely popular, and installing a solar system is a highly visible way of demonstrating your support for the environment. Green businesses are becoming more and more popular, so switching to solar can positively impact on your brand reputation and help you build credibility in your industry. This may help you attract new customers and boost your overall revenue potential in the long-run. We even installed solar panels on the 1000 year old Gloucester Cathedral and we think they look beautiful!

Myth 4: Solar panels require lots of maintenance

Many businesses are worried that solar panels will require constant maintenance, but this is simply not the case. One of the main advantages of modern solar PV systems is that they have no moving parts. This means they require very little maintenance and will give you many years of hassle-free service. Most solar installation professionals advise inspecting your solar system at least once a year to check that everything is working efficiently. We offer monitoring systems which can diagnose any fault from your desktop or phone. 

The best part is, most solar installation companies offer generous warranties that cover the system’s expected lifespan. This means you can have peace of mind knowing that your solar panels will continue working efficiently for many years.

Furthermore, keeping your solar panels clean can maximise their performance, which can usually be done quickly using a hose to spray the panels, removing any dirt or debris. In most cases the panels will be cleaned by the rain.

Myth 5: Solar panels are a bad investment if you move

The initial investment of installing solar panels can be paid back within 5-7 years depending on the size of your system and your location.  The majority of businesses start to see savings from year 1.

One of the key benefits of solar is that it provides electricity that is two-thirds cheaper than the average cost of electric from the grid. This means that the electricity your system produces and consumes onsite is the equivalent c cost of just 4-5p, which is far cheaper than grid-supplied energy, usually at around 15p per unit.  All of these factors make solar panels a smart investment for any business looking to cut its electricity costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

Conclusion

There has been dramatic growth in solar panel installations, and more businesses than ever are utilising the power of solar. Installing a solar panel system on commercial property can offer countless benefits, including reduced electricity bills and a lower carbon footprint.

There is a lot of misleading information on solar power, particularly when it comes to the potential benefits and costs involved. With that in mind, you must do research and seek advice from solar specialists. Readers can request more information by contacting Mypower, of which they can do ‘here’

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