Sponsored It’s time to bust some myths about solar

It’s time to bust some myths about solar

Here's six myths about solar energy, busted. Photo: Shutterstock
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We know there are many myths going around about solar, and we want to get the facts straight.

Myth 1. Australia is not ready for solar

Actually, it is.

2017 was a record-breaking year for solar installation in Australia. Installations of solar panels were up by a whopping 17 per cent capacity-wise in 2017 compared to 2016, and by the end of the year, Australia had close to 1.8 million installations(i).

With ongoing technological improvements bringing down costs of panels, there’s little doubt solar PV-energy generated at homes is expected to play a huge role in Australia’s energy future.

Myth 2. Solar panels will decrease the value of my house

That doesn’t sound right to us at all. Panels on the roof can bring down the costs to power your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers given panels can last for a long time (25-30 years) and usually come with great warranties.

Myth 3. Solar panels only work in summer

Solar panels need light, not heat, to produce power, so they still work well in cold weather. Since daylight hours are shorter in the colder months, don’t expect the kind of power you get in the summer, but they should still be able to keep you warm in winter.

Myth 4. What’s the point when I am charged different rates for having solar? Not worth my money

That’s not true with Powershop. We treat all customers equally. Solar customers pay the same rates and receive the same discounts as non-solar customers.

With solar, you can save money on your electricity bills, plus get paid for any surplus power you generate.

On top of this, Powershop solar energy customers enjoy:

• A smartphone app and online usage tools that can help you gain better insights into your electricity usage;
• Solar feed-in tariffs greater than the government recommended amounts; and
• For those with smart meters, access to a heat map of your solar output through your Powershop online account, so you can know more about your solar energy system’s performance.

Myth 5. Good for the wallet, but what about the planet?

Solar power systems derive energy from the sun. Panels on your roof help reduce carbon emissions and bring down our collective dependence on fossil fuels. By installing solar, you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint, but also doing your bit to increase more renewable energy generation when you export to the grid.

Myth 6. There are no good installers out there

We get it. Installers are a dime a dozen and the whole process of looking for a good installer can be exhausting – that’s why Powershop has launched Better Solar, a free solar advisory service that takes the stress out of knowing where to start when researching solar for your home.

We have hand-picked a panel of reputed installers approved by the Clean Energy Council. Each has access to continuous professional development and technical support to ensure solar PV installations of superior quality.

We love our solar customers! That’s why they have access to the same great rates and discounts available to all of our customers, with no hidden fees or surprises. For more information visit us.

(i) Solar Report January 2018. Australian Energy Council.