Solar energy has continued to grow in popularity over the past decade. In fact, in California alone, solar energy powers more than 6.8 homes annually. But, even so, there are still many myths and misconceptions about installing solar panels on homes in California. That’s why today, West Coast Solar is going to debunk the top five myths about solar to shed some light (pun intended) on this valuable and viable renewable energy source. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us to arrange a consultation for residential solar panel installation in California. Check it out!

Five Common Myths About Residential Solar

Myth #1: Solar Is Way Too Expensive

False. Installing solar panels on your home is affordable and economical. At West Coast Solar, we want to help everyone make the switch to clean energy, which is why we can assist you in finding the best solar financing options. Additionally, there is the option of purchasing a system outright. When you’re ready to invest in a home solar power system, we will discuss your budget, your financial situation, and any financial requirements that can help you make solar a reality for you and your family. Moreover, once your system is up and running, you can take advantage of the ITC tax credit, rebates, and more for both short-term and long-term savings. 

Myth #2: You Have to Be a Homeowner to Go Solar

False. Solar is quickly becoming more accessible and more affordable for anyone who wants to make the switch. Currently, people who own their homes can make the decision on their own to go solar, while renters, on the other hand, will have to consult their landlord or property manager before installing solar panels. 

As the popularity of solar energy continues to grow, more and more people will want to take advantage of its many benefits. That being said, the U.S. Department of Energy is collaborating with the National Community Solar Partnership™ (NCSP) to make community solar accessible and affordable for every household in the United States by 2025 — including those households in multi-family housing units such as high-rise condos and others.

Myth #3: Solar Panels Won’t Save You Money

False. One of the number-one reasons why people want to install solar panels is because of the savings they will enjoy for years to come. The West Coast Solar team works hand-in-hand with you to learn about your energy usage, your energy goals, and other key elements that help us design the best system to support your needs. 

While the amount of money you will save is dependent on several factors, including the size of your solar energy system, your home’s energy consumption, and how much power can be generated by your specific system, the return on investment (ROI) is almost always a positive one. In fact, powering your home with solar energy can significantly reduce your energy costs to mere dollars on the cent, or even completely eliminate your monthly utility bills. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out our video testimonials to hear more about the savings you’ll enjoy with solar from our happy clients.

Myth #4: Installing Solar Panels Lowers Your Home’s Value

False. Quite the opposite, in fact. Installing solar panels on your home is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value, especially here in Northern California. A solar-ready home on the market is exceptionally attractive to potential buyers because it saves them in initial expense of having to install themselves. Better yet, the California Solar Mandate that went into effect earlier this year requires all new homes built after January 1, 2020, to have solar panels installed, so keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to install solar panels.

Myth #5: Solar Panels Cause Roof Damage

False (mostly). Okay, let us explain the “mostly” part first. Solar panels can damage a roof when the array is installed poorly and incorrectly. That being said, we pride ourselves in providing superior installations and top-quality workmanship that we stand behind. We want you to feel 100% confident in and satisfied with your home solar power system, and we go above and beyond to do so. 

Unlike some solar companies in California, West Coast Solar experienced and certified solar technicians handle the entire installation from start to finish; we never hire subcontractors to complete the installations. This approach allows our technicians to ensure the installation is completed correctly, promptly, and with the utmost attention to care and precision.   

Ready to Go Solar?

We hope debunking these myths has helped clear up any misconceptions about installing residential solar panels. When it comes down to it, the benefits of solar far outweigh the reasons not to make the switch to renewable energy. If you have questions about solar, or you’re ready to go solar, then the West Coast Solar team is excited to help! Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and start enjoying the benefits of a residential solar panel installation in California!

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