Myth or Fact?

Myth 1: Solar panels do not work when it’s cloudy.

Fact: Solar panels work in sunny, cold, and even cloudy environments. The technologies of solar panels allow them to work effectively and efficiently in cooler temperatures. In addition, cloudy weather does not prevent the efficiency of solar panels as they can still produce enough power/ Solar systems that make use of power optimizer or micro inverter technology have a much better production in cloudy and winter months compared to their string counterparts.

Myth 2: Solar panels will cause damage to your roof.

Fact: Solar panels benefit the portion of the roof they cover by protecting and preserving it. In the unlikely event that the roof the panels are sitting on is damaged and needs to be repaired, the panel can be easily removed since they aren’t directly attached to the roof; they are just mounted on top of it. Each roof needs to be assessed before installation solar panels to make sure the roof can handle the weight of the modules and that there is no weakness as the solar modules have a lifespan of 25 plus years. 

Myth 3: The more panels I have, the cheaper my electricity bill will be.

Fact: When you get a quote for a solar power system, make sure the quote is based on how much energy you use.

Let’s compare it to a cell phone plan. You wouldn’t sign up for a R800 cell phone plan if you only use R200 each month? Likewise, you don’t need to cover every inch of your roof with panels if you don’t use enough power. If households decide to feed-back into the grid they can use excess energy generated from the solar system to feed into the grid building up a credit however homeowners need to remember that they need to remain a net user. This in turn means that whatever power you push back into the grid needs to be used within a set period of time.

Myth 4: Solar Energy gets sent back into the grid.

Fact: This can be true – but only if your solar panels are generating more electricity than you use in your home.

If your panels generate more electricity than your home needs while the sun is shining, that leftover power is exported to the electricity grid. There is a ridged application system that needs to be followed when applying to feedback into the grid. Make sure you consult a professional such as Dorman Projects Pty Ltd to get the correct advice.


Myth 5: Having solar panels makes electricity cheaper.

Fact: You certainly see big savings with your electricity bill when you have solar energy, but how much you save will really depend on how you use power. If you are still running a lot of heavy appliances at night, your solar power won’t be contributing to powering those appliances.

You can make some minor changes to your habits to make the most of your solar energy during the day. For example:

Do your laundry during the day when your solar panels are receiving maximum sunlight.

Keep energy usage to a minimum at night if possible.

Charge your phone, laptops and other devices during the day.

From solar power to solar panels, we hope your questions were answered.

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