We’ve just rung in the beginning of a new decade, and in 2020, solar energy is no longer a niche or unknown entity—so why does solar still power only 4% of American homes?
Demand is booming as millions of climate-conscious citizens have switched to solar energy, yet there remains a reluctance to go all-in when it comes to changing how we power our future.
To combat the skeptics, we’ll break down some of the more common misconceptions about solar and get to the root of why it optimizes everyone’s energy needs.
Myth 1: Solar panels are too expensive to invest in
This is easy to tackle. Solar energy is peaking in terms of affordability (the average cost of solar has decreased by 89% since 2010!), with multiple financing options and both federal and state incentives. Future savings can offset initial installation expenses, while you’ll also save up to 20-30% in monthly costs.
Here’s a secret you might not know: choosing your solar inverter technology is a key factor in securing savings. Out of the current mainstream options—including string inverters and DC optimizers—microinverters are truly built to maximize your long-term investment. Because they function independently under each solar panel, any individual obstructions or failures avoid affecting the energy production of the full system. They last much longer than other inverters (Enphase guarantees an industry-leading 25-year warranty), and still produce more energy than other technologies. If you’re investing in solar, you definitely want to do it right.
Myth 2: My solar power will still work when the grid is down
Considering 98% of residential solar systems are tied to the power grid, this is a pretty damaging myth. For most solar users, you’re no less immune to going dark if the grid is out.
While a number of solar options don’t solve this, Enphase’s Ensemble™ technology is designed to maintain your energy independence—it can harness solar energy to your home regardless of power failures or shutdowns.
Ensemble technology is built as a self-contained system that can form its own micro-grid, acting as personal solar insurance. Throughout the day, the smart technology chooses the most economical energy source (whether stored energy or from the grid) for your home’s needs. Your house will always be on, no longer tied to the whims of utility companies or even Mother Nature.
Myth 3: Solar panels aren’t effective in diverse conditions
Solar energy systems actually work great in a wide variety of conditions, including foggy and cold climates, or overcast days. The tech has been rigorously tested to withstand extreme weather patterns, temperatures, and climate zones, and it’s passed with flying colors. Don’t worry about sunlight availability—microinverter features such as burst mode allow continuous energy production even in lower light environments. Our tech remains resilient, even in the face of nature’s adversities.
Myth 4: Solar can’t pay for itself
Not only do you see an immediate reduction in energy costs, but a solar energy system can pay for itself in 5 to 9 years. The perks are great: any excess electricity you generate goes straight to your utility credits and covers for when your home isn’t producing enough.
The advantages of solar power are infinite, and we’ve minimized any downsides through our cutting-edge technology. The solar energy market is thriving, and Enphase’s technology is in the middle of making solar more affordable and accessible to everyone.