Debunking Common Myths about Solar Energy

Common Myths about Solar Energy

There is a paradigm shift in the way the world has changed in its focus and thinking on how we use energy.

The world leaders, company heads, and residential consumers have started to realize that the conventional high priced grid energy system is not only more expensive but also harmful for the planet.

We have entered the Decade of Action; the world has pledged to meet sustainable goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. This means that the governments will curtail projects using traditional fossil fuels and move on to more economic and clean energy; solar energy. As part of the Paris Agreement, the government of Pakistan has also announced that Pakistan aims to create 60% of its local energy demand by using renewable resources by 2030 to alleviate the risk of climate change. While there is a global and local shift towards the use of solar energy, it is about time that we debunk few common myths that keep consumers from investing in solar.

Myth 1: It is an Expensive Investment!

It is widely believed that putting a solar system is an expensive investment and requires a large sum of money. At Instaenergy, we are committed to working closely with the customer in gauging the right size for their residential or commercial project and optimizing their system. Switching to Solar provides an attractive return on investment (ROI) with a payback period ranging from 1-4 years. The Net-metering facility offered by the Government of Pakistan can help consumers significantly reduce their electricity bills. In the months where consumption is lower than generations, consumers may even receive a credit bill.

Myth 2: It does not work in Winter Months!

This is the biggest myth of all. It is widely believed that if Solar Panels generate energy from the sun, how will they work in winter months. The reality is that solar panels only use LIGHT energy and are not dependent on the heat of the sun. The light energy is created by Kinetic energy, using Photons. Rest assured solar panels will generate light energy even in the winter months with zero disruptions.

Myth 3: It requires High Maintenance!

Solar systems do not require high maintenance. Trained engineers will guide you through the straight-forward monitoring process while an easy-to-use remote monitoring app on your phone will enable you to monitor the performance of your system. Instaenergy provides post-sales and Operations  Maintenance service to ensure your system performs efficiently.

Myth 5: Solar Panels do not work in Cloudy Conditions?

This is again a myth that solar panels do not work in cloudy weather. Energy will still be generated however cloudy weather may impact the amount of energy generated during that time. Pakistan enjoys 300+ sunny days in a year making it most ideal for solar installations.

Myth 6: Solar systems do not work at night, so it is of no use.

While it is true that your solar system will not work at night, it will still work in your favor. Your system will work in the day to generate electricity and consume, not taking units from the grid. Whatever extra units are produced, go to the grid (export units) because of the bi- directional meter installed with your system. At night this process is reversed. Your house takes units from the grid (import units). At the end of the month, if you exported more units to the grid and imported less, you will have a credit bill.

Myth 7: Solar Systems do not work in a power black-out and/or load shedding.

Whilst on-grid (battery-less) systems do not work in power blackouts, hybrid systems (battery supported) will work when electricity supply is interrupted. It is completely a customers’ choice of which system he prefers.


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