With solar becoming more popular, there is still a lot of misinformation circulating about it. Some of these myths are based in information from 10-20 years ago. After being in the solar installation business for 10 years now, we are going to talk about some of the most common solar myths we continue to hear from customers.
1.solar is unaffordable or only for the rich
Solar has become much more affordable over the last 10 years. Luckily for us, we live in Oregon. Politically, Oregon has historically been more open to solar and utility companies and groups have offered incentives for people to install solar. For instance, both the Energy Trust of Oregon and The City of Ashland offer incentive programs from $2000-$8400 off of the total price of your system. Solar Within Reach is a program targeted specifically for those below specific income levels. And, just announced- the Federal Tax Credit is staying at 26% for the year 2021 and 2022! If you are a non-profit business, there may even be more incentives available.
For example, an average residential system could cost $25,000. But after incentives and a tax credit, the cost could be as little as $11,520(less than half the price.) If you are unable to pay this expense out of pocket, there are also financing options available for solar systems. Some pay for themselves within a few years, and the life of our solar system could last up to 40 years. Think about how much money you can save over that time when you have a really small power bill or no power bill at all!
2. Solar Provides Electricity During a Blackout
Most solar systems in the US are grid-tied meaning that they have electric service from a utility company and that electricity is stored in the utility companies grid. Unless you install a battery backup system, along with solar, this energy has nowhere to be stored when the grid goes down. True South Solar does install Tesla Powerwall battery systems, so if your power goes out, you can continue to use electricity in your home. When using power from a battery supply, you do need to be more aware of your electric use because it tends to go faster than most people realize.