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Myths About Solar Energy

JUNE 8, 2020 

The number of new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the UK continues to grow as property owners realise the many benefits of turning sunshine into energy. Today, we're busting the top myths about solar energy.

1. Solar panels don't work without an abundance of sunshine.

Solar panels work in sunny, cold and even cloudy environments, because what they need is light! The technology behind solar panels allows them to work effectively and efficiently in cooler temperatures. Did you know that in Germany, a country not particularly blessed with long sun-filled days, solar power provides up to 50% of the nation’s daily energy needs? Germany’s long-term shift to cleaner energy has made its economy the world’s largest to rely so markedly on renewable energy. 

2. Installing solar panels is complicated.

Every property is different, but a typical household installation only takes about half a day.

3. Solar panels require a lot of maintenance​.

Solar panels are constructed in a way that allows them to withstand harsh weather, including hail and sleet. In terms of maintenance, all you have to do is clean the panels with water a couple of times a year to remove any accumulated dust or debris.

4. Solar panels can damage your roof.

Not when installed correctly. In fact, in many instances solar panels actually extend the life of a roof because they protect and preserve it. Professional installers are trained to address almost any roof type with well-tested techniques, special materials and tools designed to maintain roof integrity. 

5. Solar panels make your home harder to resell.

Homeowners, now more than ever, are concerned about the environment and their energy bills. Therefore, solar on a home can actually be a selling point and enhance the value of your property. 

6. Solar panels are unsightly.

That really depends on personal taste. At Cactus Energy we offer a range of solar panels, from roof-mounted to in-roof systems and can even provide ground-mounted panels if you wish to keep your solar panels separate from your roof. All of our systems are bespoke, designed to suit the property and lifestyle of each individual customer.

7. Solar power is still too new. Better wait until it's been proven.

Solar panels have been around for decades. Solar power is here to stay. We know it works and the sooner you install it, the sooner you start saving. 

8. Solar power is just for houses.

Solar panels are a great option for homeowners but if you run a business and you’ve got the space, then they will work just as well for you. In fact, many companies will have more space than the average home, either on their roof or on other land, where they can install solar PV systems and integrated battery packs. You might even save MORE money with a commercial install – plus you can give back to your community and lower your carbon footprint.