In a world where sustainable living is gaining momentum, solar panels have emerged as a beacon of renewable energy. Yet, myths and misconceptions often cloud our understanding of their benefits. At Start Solar, we’re here to dispel these concerns and shed light on the truth behind solar PV panels, tailored especially for the Northern Irish market.

1. Solar panel costs are too expensive

A common misconception is that solar panels come with a hefty price tag. However, the reality is quite the opposite. Over the last decade, solar panel prices have seen a dramatic drop, making them an affordable and viable option for homeowners in Northern Ireland. The average cost of installing one kilowatt of solar panels was £1,429 in 2020-21, a decrease of around £250 per kilowatt compared to 2018-19. Solar panels can pay for themselves in as little as 4 years.  And remember, most domestic homes often install up to 4kW, making the transition to solar energy even more accessible.


2. Solar panels aren’t suitable for my home

The unique architecture of Northern Irish homes sometimes raises concerns about solar panel installation. Rest assured, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can be accommodated on various housing types, including bungalows, terraces, semi-detached, and detached houses. The key is the orientation of your roof – a mainly south-facing roof will yield optimal power output. However, even southwest or southeast-facing roofs can harness the sun’s energy. Factors such as roof angle, sunlight exposure, and shading also play a role in determining the suitability of your home for solar panels.


3. Solar panel installation is disruptive

Worried about the upheaval that solar panel installation might bring? Fear not. Our research reveals that 94% of homeowners who installed solar PV systems in the past decade reported minimal disruption. In fact, solar panel installations were considered less disruptive than air-source heat pump installations, which 73% of respondents found to be non-intrusive. The installation process typically involves erecting scaffolding to mount the panels on your roof, followed by a day or two of installation. The inverter, responsible for converting energy for household use, is usually installed in your loft or garage.


4. There isn’t enough sun for solar panels

Northern Ireland might not be known for its abundant sunshine, but rest assured, solar panels can thrive here. Solar panels do not solely rely on direct sunlight; they continue to generate electricity even on cloudy days. However, it’s important to ensure your roof isn’t shaded by trees or neighboring structures. With our local expertise, we can help you harness the available sunlight to power your home efficiently.


5. Solar panel problems are common

Concerns about maintenance and potential issues often hold people back from adopting solar energy. However, our survey reveals that seven out of ten solar panel owners experienced no faults since installation. Technical faults, when reported, were largely related to inverters. While inverters have a shorter lifespan than solar panels, proper maintenance and replacement planning can mitigate these concerns.

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Embrace the Future with Start Solar

The Northern Irish landscape holds immense potential for solar energy adoption. Start Solar is committed to debunking myths, providing tailored solutions, and guiding you towards a sustainable future. Don’t let misconceptions hold you back from enjoying the benefits of solar energy. Let’s harness the power of the sun, together.


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