Solar PV technology has increased in popularity over the past few years and by no means does it show any sign of stopping. There are still, however, a lot of myths regarding solar floating about. We’re here to try and debunk some of these myths so you know just what Solar PV is.
One of the biggest myths chucked about in relation to the construction and installation of solar panels is that it produces more green house gasses in these processes than it does save in the long run. However, as per the current functionality of solar panels and other renewable tech is that they are a long term energy investment. Much like other energy sources, renewable tech is designed to last as a long term solution rather than a short one.
So, whilst green house gasses are produced in the manufacturing process and installation of solar panels, the ‘energy payback’ of solar panels outweighs it’s initial cost in energy. It’s common knowledge that solar panels do not pollute the atmosphere when generating electricity and that once fitted they are a static source of energy i.e. they don’t move from installation site. With this in mind it only takes an average domestic system 1-4 years to cover it’s energy payback which means over the course of 30 years 87%-97% of energy produced by the entire process of implementing solar panel tech is clean and sustainable.
Well, aren’t solar panels very expensive? Well, simply, no. Once again renewable technology is a long term solution and isn’t even fully developed – it’s always being advanced and improved on unlike fossil fuels which in the long run can only really go up in price and keep the same low energy efficiency rates.
What’s even better is that with every improvement on solar pv technology the costs of systems and energy production come down. To add to this, the U.K. Government also have in pace the Feed In Tariff – an incentive scheme where you receive payment for electricity you produce and use through solar pv. These FIT payments would see around 15% return on your investment on a domestic system.
If it’s not a fully developed technology then surely the efficiency rates aren’t that great? Actually, despite the ever-progressing nature of the solar industry, energy efficiency rates are already much higher than those of fossil fuels.