Myth Vs. Reality
At Seal Solar, we believe that 2020 is the year to debunk myths about residential solar and help Arkansas homeowners make valuable upgrades. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions surrounding solar energy, all of which are untrue:
Solar panels are too expensive.
False. This misconception is largely based on how much solar used to cost when it first hit the market. In just the past five years, however, the average cost of a solar panel has dropped by 60%. Now, more than ever before, solar panels are affordable for the average homeowner and through 2020 there is a 26% Federal Tax Credit available to homeowners.
Solar panels can only be installed on new roofs.
False. While it’s always recommended that homeowners have their roofs inspected before going solar, it does not need to be brand new. If a roof repair is needed down the road, panels can typically be removed and replaced without issue.
Solar panels only work in high sun areas.
False. Solar panels do gain their energy from the sun, but it doesn’t take endless sunlight to create a sizable amount of electricity. Take Germany, for example, which is responsible for 6,000% more solar power than the United States: the US sees 3,900% more sun than Germany each year.
The Seal Solar Approach
While there are a variety of different ways to approach a solar install, we stick to our own specific process here at Seal Solar. We believe that the trick is to reduce energy consumption as much as possible before installing solar equipment. Why? Imagine if you were to simply slap a bunch of panels on your home without first taking a closer look at home performance. If there are inefficiencies occurring, your solar panels will function merely to offset those issues and will not be able to truly perform their job properly.
The Flag and Banner:
[00:51:40] JF: We don’t have any problem with that. We consume so much energy at Community Baker that our solar panels – We have 102 solar panels on our –
[00:51:48] KM: Where are they? Are they on the roof?
[00:51:50] JF: They’re on the roof of that main building that people come in and sit down and have their coffee. You can barely see the edge of them and actually that’s by design partly because we buy, installing them on a historic building and you’ll be interested in this, because you have an historic building, but more historic than ours. In fact, but in any event, we were able to claim a historic rehab credit for the cost of that solar installation, and that was another reason that made it very attractive to do it and persuaded me to say, “Let’s just get this done and I don’t have time to spend a lot of energy on trying to look at other alternatives.” I trusted the people Seal Solar are the ones who did –
[00:52:41] KM: Seal Solar.
[00:52:42] JF: Seal Solar. They did our project. They did a very nice job. They’re good people to work with.