The steady emergence of solar panels in Singapore has been well documented, and we can also see that around us atop the roofs of HDB blocks, private residences, and even commercial buildings. However, as we continue to adapt to the concept of relying on natural energy sources, it’s understandable that the technicalities and capabilities of solar panels aren’t familiar to everyone, which can sometimes cause misconceptions to arise. If you’re considering installing a solar panel setup, here are some common misconceptions to get out of the way so you can make a more informed decision.

Solar Panels Only Work When the Sun is Shining

Misconception-Solar Panels Only Work When the Sun is Shining

The most common misconception is that solar panels in Singapore only work when the sun is shining, and not during cloudy, downcast, or even rainy days. At first glance, this is understandable; however, solar energy can still be collected in virtually any condition, including rainy and snowy conditions as sunlight still reaches the earth. However, the efficiency of the solar panel setup does change based on weather conditions, and while solar energy is still absorbed during non-sunny conditions, it won’t be as much. On top of that, battery storage comprising solar energy stored during the day can also be connected to your solar panels to provide energy at night, and this clean-energy backup is a great alternative to conventional backup generators. Ultimately, as long as you live near a power line, you’ll always stay connected to the grid and won’t have to worry about power shortage.

Solar Panels are Inefficient

Misconception-Solar Panels are Inefficient in Singapore

Solar panels in Singapore and around the world have an average efficiency rate of 22%, which prompts some people to wonder why it isn’t higher — at 22%, we too would wonder if solar panels are a good idea. Several factors come to mind; for instance, some sunlight will be reflected off the solar panel setup or be converted into heat instead of electricity. There are also some types of light that sunlight comprises, such as infrared.

The reality is that the sun produces a huge amount of energy; to put things in perspective, the sunlight that shines on the earth in one and a half hours is enough to power the world for an entire year. Even at 22% efficiency, that’s a lot of solar energy your solar panels will absorb. Additionally, with constant improvements in solar technology, a decent solar company in Singapore will be able to help you set up high-quality solar panels in your home.

Solar Panels are too Expensive

Misconception-Solar Panels are too Expensive

The widespread use of solar panels is a relatively new phenomenon, and with all things new and shiny, getting a solar panel setup might seem like a really costly endeavour. Ranging around $15,000 to $30,000, it may really be costly for some households, but it’s important to take several factors into consideration — for instance, solar panels can be paid over time through one of several financing options by the solar company in Singapore. Solar panels also don’t require much maintenance besides a wipedown once a year to maximise power output. The best part about owning a solar panel setup is that you can actually sell excess power back to the grid which will then be used to offset your energy bills even more. In short, solar panels can help you save a significant amount of money in the long run.

With these misconceptions out of the way, it’s time to get plugged into the sun with Perry Management Clean Energy, your reliable, local provider of sturdy, state-of-the-art solar panels in Singapore. For more information about our services, please visit our website.

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