While solar can be a great option for some homeowners, it isn’t a great fit for everyone. Those that do not have enough space on their property may not be able to reap the benefits of going solar. Other homeowners may not think they are a good fit for solar due to a lack of information or false information. That is why it is so important to know some concerns homeowners may have and how to tell if they are valid or just common misconceptions.
Concern: Going Solar Costs Too Much Money
This is a smart concern because it shows that a person wants to make a financially responsible decision. However, it may not be as expensive as one might think. Without any assistance, the average cost of going solar is anywhere between $15,000 to 25,000. This cost is pretty hefty but can still be manageable without assistance. Luckily, there are assistance options as well that can reduce this expense.
$0 Down Solar PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) can allow the homeowner to pay nothing down to go solar. There are other assistance options as well! A solar company may be able to install solar panels onto the property for no charge in order to lock in an electricity rate that is less than the current utility rate. These programs make it easy for a homeowner to go solar! Another way to save on solar is to own the solar panel system by yourself. While you won’t be able to avoid the initial costs upfront, you may be able to save a lot of money on your electricity. This could make up for the initial costs and then some over time.
Concern: A Solar Panel System Makes the Property Ugly
There are a variety of solar panels that you can install on the home. Some models may be uglier than others. You can choose one that you find appealing to the eyes, sleek, and high quality. It is also important to get a solar panel professional that not only can properly install the equipment but design it with the home so that it is still good looking. You should look to see that your solar professional is not only experienced but has up to date credentials as well.
Still think solar panels are ugly even after looking at all the options? Then you can think to yourself, would you rather have an “ugly” roof with more affordable electricity bills that save money or would you rather have a “nice” roof and keep spending money on electricity. That choice in vanity is up for you to decide!
Concern: Going Solar is a Scam
This is flat out wrong and is fueled by false information. Millions of homeowners have gone solar and there have been countless verified benefits. However, it is important to BEWARE of scams within the industry, just like any industry. You need to make sure you research the solar company you are going with, ensure they have proper credentials, good reviews, etc.
Concern: The Solar Industry is Impacting the Job Market for the Worse
There are plenty of fake arguments that people have in regards to the impact on the job market that the solar industry has. One argument is that going solar hurts the job industry because fossil fuel workers will be out of work. However, that’s not true. Fossil fuel workers can be trained to go solar and add that to their list of professional skills. They can then transition in an industry that is actually creating more jobs than not.
While going solar isn’t for everyone, it is important to address any concerns you may have before deciding for or against it. Make sure you aren’t educated with false information so that you can make a better decision for your home, lifestyle, and budget!