Four Myths about Solar Disproven

From how it works to overall maintenance, there are a lot of misconceptions about solar. The DCSEU has debunked the most common myths.

Myth: Solar only works when the sun is shining.

Although solar energy is powered through the sun, that does not mean it only works in the day time. The power grid serves as a virtual battery. You produce the power through the solar panels. When the sun is shining during the day, the solar panels absorb energy that radiates from the sun and the system converts it into usable electricity you can use to power anything in your home. If the panels don’t produce enough energy then your home will pull the extra amount from the grid.


Myth: Solar Energy Costs Too Much

With increased demands and developments, the costs of solar have decreased. There are many options for customers who are interested in installing solar. Through Solar for All, a DOEE program, the DCSEU works with local solar contractors to design and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at no cost to income-qualified District homeowners. If you don't qualify for Solar for All, there are still other ways to go solar. Check out the District Department of Energy & Environment's District Solar Consumer Financing Guide for more on how you can go solar in DC.

Myth: Solar requires more maintenance.

Once systems are installed there is little to no maintenance required. There is no everyday maintenance required for solar PV systems. The DCSEU does recommended that customers continue to monitor the display on the system’s inverter at least quarterly to ensure the system is functioning properly.

Myth: Solar panels will damage my roof.

Solar panels can actually help protect and preserve the portion of the roof that they cover. Panels can also be easily removed if there is a portion of the roof that needs to be repaired.


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