4 Common Solar Panel Myths Debunked

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The decision to install solar panels on your roof can be a difficult one to make, especially with all the myths about solar panel installation out there.

Here are four common solar panel myths debunked so you can make a more informed decision.


Myth 1: They Are Too Expensive


Solar panels used to be expensive, but costs have gone down in recent years. These days, you can often pay back the cost in three to five years, depending on the number of panels you install.

Plus, there’s help available.

There has been zero VAT on the purchase of new solar panels in Scotland since 2022, and this is still in place. It will last until 2027, so now is a great time to install solar panels because you could save hundreds of pounds.

The government also has several loans to choose from, and you could get an interest-free loan of up to £6,000 to help with installation. Any homeowners can apply, but there is a small admin fee, and you must repay it between five and 10 years.


Myth 2: You Will Need Planning Permission


You will not need planning permission in Scotland in most cases, but the panels must be below a certain size.

There may be exceptions, like with listed buildings and conservation areas, so ask your local planning department if you have any doubts.


Myth 3: They Only Work in Direct Sunlight


Scotland has more than its fair share of cloudy days, but that doesn’t matter. This will not prevent you from generating power from your solar panels.

Solar panels do not need direct sunlight to work, and they can still produce electricity on cloudy days, especially on south-facing roofs.


Myth 4: You Will Lose the Energy You Don’t Use


Worried that you will waste some of the electricity you generate? That’s not a problem. Anything you don’t use can be exported to the grid so other people can use your green electricity

But you can also save the electricity for your own use by using a solar panel battery. We can help you to install one of these along with your panels. This way, you can make full use of all the power you are generating on your roof.


How Should I Choose an Installer?


There are lots of solar panel installers to choose from, but make sure you choose an installer with lots of experience operating in your local area.

Choose MCS Certified installers who have good reviews. You should also look for installers who can provide advice and guidance, such as how many Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) panels you will need and where to position them.


Time to Install Solar Panels?


It’s time to forget about these solar panel myths and start enjoying the benefits of using solar panels to generate electricity for your home.

There are so many great reasons to install solar panels to start generating your own green electricity and reduce your bills.

Want to get started? Just contact our MCS Certified solar panel installers today!

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