Solar Energy can be found everywhere – it’s on the news, popping up on top of electric poles and houses in your neighborhood, featured in documentaries playing at theatres near you, debated as a hot topic by leaders in the White House…
With so much information about solar, it’s surprising that there are still so many misconceptions about its capabilities. At The ConnecTable, we have used the power of solar energy to create a solution for off-grid charging. Our tables provide the public with an energy-efficient, environmentally safe and disaster-proof option that allows them to charge their electronic devices while outdoors. With ConnecTable installations spread across the nation, we have done a substantial amount of education on solar energy to prove its benefits and dispel its myths. Below is a short list of some of the most common fallacies we have found surrounding solar energy:
1. Solar only works when the sun is out
Since solar electricity is created by the sun it is logical to assume it is dependent on weather consisting of only sunny, cloudless days. This, however, is false. Think about it: Have you ever gotten sunburnt when the sun has barely been peeking through the clouds? The effect is the same. Even when the sun cannot be seen, UV light is still reaching the earth’s surface. So while it is true that solar panels produce the most energy when exposed to direct sunlight, even on cloudy days the UV light is more than enough to generate substantial solar power.
2. Solar panels cannot withstand extreme weather conditions
Solar panels are durable enough to withstand almost all weather conditions. Our product in particular, is designed to endure the harshest climates and is rated to be able to withstand winds of up to 90mph.
3. Solar power is unreliable
Solar energy is even more reliable than traditional electricity as it is powered by the sun and is not subject to power outages. Its reliability can further be proven by the substantial investments being made into the sector: in 2016 the U.S. Solar market is expected to grow by 119% (Source: GTM Research / SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight).
4. Using solar energy is too expensive
This may have been true in the beginning phases of solar technology development, but at the present time it has become much more affordable. Factor in the cost savings on your electric bill that will accrue over time, as well as tax deductions, and reimbursements from the government that are granted for using solar solutions, and it’s now more affordable than ever.
5. A solar powered system will require too much maintenance
Quite the contrary. Compared with traditional electrical grid systems, which require regular maintenance and can go offline for days at a time during major storms, solar systems require no regular maintenance and usually last around 20-25 years.
Solar energy provides countless benefits, both to the environment as well as to its users. While it is natural to assume there could be major pitfalls to an investment of this nature, we hope this has helped to enhance your understanding of this valuable resource.
For more information on our solar charging station, the ConnecTable, or to speak to a representative about solar energy please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-419-8496.