Myth-busting solar power

In this article, we break down five common myths about solar power and get down to the nitty-gritty.

Energy Progress
5 min read
We break down five common myths about solar power and get down to the nitty-gritty.

Myth 1: “Solar is too expensive” 

This may be the biggest myth surrounding solar. It’s easy to see how it started; like that first mobile phone carried around in a briefcase, early solar was expensive. But improvements in tech, and the economies of scale mean that the costs are at an all-time low.

But the initial price tag can still worry people. It shouldn’t. When you do the maths and consider the Federal Government’s Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), feed-in tariffs and the ever-increasing cost of traditional power, solar is a steal. It’s a clever way to save on your energy bills and a great way to ensure those savings long into the future. There are even flexible ways to pay so you don’t incur large, upfront costs.

Myth 2: “Feed-in tariffs don’t save you much money”

Yes, they can. But first the basics: Feed-in tariffs are often thrown around as a great reason to get solar. But it can be unclear what they involve.

On a very basic level, feed-in tariffs are your energy provider’s way of buying excess energy you produce. Any energy you don’t use gets sent back into the grid which could mean you save money on your energy bill.

The credit you will receive will vary depending on your energy provider and the state you live in.

Myth 3: “Not on my roof”

Some people worry that solar panels will damage their roofs. This is another myth that may have its basis in truth. Getting a cheap solar solution installed by an unaccredited installer could definitely lead to roof damage.

Our team of qualified, CEC-accredited design professionals will ensure your system is designed with safety, quality and durability in mind. Plus, we engage licensed, Clean Energy Council accredited solar installers who will deliver a professional, high-quality system every time.

Myth 4: “Rebates aren’t worth the hassle”

Actually, they’re simpler than they seem. Firstly, rebates are actually called ‘Small-scale Technology Certificates’ (STCs). However, they often confuse people because they work differently across various states.

Basically, when you purchase and install an eligible solar system, it means you’ll receive a certain amount of STCs. So, when you assign the rights to these STCs to your solar installer, you receive a discount on the price of your solar system.

Now you’re in the know, it’s easy to make the most of STCs – you simply need to make sure you work with a provider who can talk you through it. They’ll be able to give you the market rate for the STCs based on the state you live in. 

Myth 5: “North-facing panels are best”

Traditionally, people installed north-facing panels on their homes and found its maximum output was around lunchtime. As solar panel prices began to fall, people then started installing panels on the west and east as solar solutions became affordable.

However, if your main use of electricity is early or late in the day, then a mixture of different orientations may make sense to maximise production when the sun is in the east or the west. It’s best to work with a solar company that can tailor the best design for your needs.

Keep in mind that panels can be installed across various roof areas.

This should have cleared up some of the mysteries surrounding solar. If you’re interested in going solar, have a quick look at how much you could save.