As solar energy continues to gain popularity in Nigeria, it’s important to separate real from fake. Unfortunately, several lies and misconceptions still continue to be spread around, stopping many people from adopting this clean and renewable energy source that should greatly improve their lives.
In this post, we will tear down 10 common solar energy myths to help you make smarter decisions and embrace the benefits of solar power in 2023.
Lie 1: Solar Energy is Expensive
The Truth: While solar installations require you to spend some money upfront, the long-term money savings beat the initial costs. Also, as technology continues to advance, the cost of solar energy also continues to drop. It is becoming more and more accessible and affordable for the masses.
Lie 2: Solar Panels Don’t Work in Cloudy or Rainy Weather
The Truth: Solar panels can still generate electricity even in cloudy or rainy conditions. While direct sunlight is ideal, panels can harness diffuse sunlight and produce power. They work effectively in various climates, including Nigeria’s.
Lie 3: Solar Panels Require Constant Maintenance
The Truth: Solar panels are designed to require low-maintenance. Regular cleaning and inspections are recommended, but the panels require minimal upkeep. With proper care, solar systems are durable and can last for decades.
Lie 4: Solar Panels Damage Roofs
The Truth: When installed correctly, solar panels can actually protect your roof from harsh weather elements. The mounting systems are designed to secure the panels without causing damage to your roof, and professional installers know how to do proper installation that will bring your benefits rather than damage your roofs.
Lie 5: Solar Energy is Only for Rich People
The Truth: Solar energy is becoming increasingly accessible to all Nigerians. Government incentives, financing options, and affordable solar solutions are available to make solar energy affordable for homeowners, businesses, and communities. If you’re a businessowner, speak to your bank about solar and green energy incentives. As an individual, ask your installer for available options to reduce your upfront costs.
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Lie 6: Solar Energy is Inefficient
The Truth: Solar panel efficiency has significantly improved over the years. Modern solar panels have high conversion rates, allowing them to generate abundant electricity. Pairing them with battery storage systems will maximize energy utilization.
Lie 7: Solar Energy is Not Reliable
The Truth: Solar energy systems can be designed with the capacity of battery storage to provide reliable power, even during long-term NEPA blackouts. Combining solar with backup generators or connecting to the national electricity grid as a backup option will also ensure continuous energy supply.
Lie 8: Solar Panels Don’t Work at Night
The Truth: Solar panels generate electricity when exposed to sunlight, so they don’t produce power at night. However, with the power already stored in the battery, energy generated during the day can be used to power your home or business at night.
Lie 9: Solar Energy is Complex to Install
The Truth: Solar installations are carried out by trained professionals who handle the technical aspects. Solar installers will look at your building and compound, design the system that will give you the best value, and manage the installation process, making it hassle-free for you.
Lie 10: Solar Energy is Ineffective in Nigeria
The Truth: Nigeria has abundant sunlight, making it an ideal location for solar energy. Solar power has proven effective in powering homes, businesses, schools, streetlights, security lights, and even remote communities. It is a viable solution to overcome unreliable public electricity in the country.
We hope that we have been able to debunking these 10 solar energy lies and that, with this clarity, we can encourage you to embrace the potential of solar power. As the industry continues to evolve, please stay informed and make decisions based on accurate information.
Resist the myths and enjoy your solar.