What are some downsides to solar that you’ve heard about? Some of the most common complaints about solar is that it’s unreliable, expensive, requires much space and is inflexible, especially if you plan to move.
But over the past decade, solar technology has drastically improved. Now, solar is being installed at an industrial level: from public infrastructure to private households, more people want solar. The majority of Australians prefer solar over fossil fuels because it reduces carbon emissions and it’s significantly cheaper; going solar reduces your energy bills by up to 80 per cent.
New savvy business models enable low-income Australians to access solar – without purchasing panels. Some companies cover maintenance and installation fees while others offer loans to purchase a solar panel system.
In this blog, we will be busting common solar myths and also introduce a stellar service that encapsulates all the benefits of solar.
1.“Solar is Unreliable”
In Salisbury, South Australia, Michael and Melissa Powney installed solar as part of a trial with their energy provider – and it immediately won them over. When a storm blacked out the majority of the state in 2016, the Phoneys were one of the few households with power.
“I didn’t know the impact of the power cut until we came home. I think we confused the neighbours because our lights were the only ones on the streets,” said Melissa Powney in an interview with 60 Minutes Australia.
Far away in Bangladesh, solar energy powers a remote village cut off from the main electricity grid. Off-grid solar home systems enable rural residents to work, study and go out after dark. Currently, Bangladesh has one of the largest domestic solar energy programmes in the world. Small-scale solar home systems provide electricity to more than 4 million households and 20 million people in rural areas – roughly one-eighth of the country’s population.
If solar supports 20 million people in a developing nation, imagine what it can do for Australia.
2.“Solar is Expensive”
In the past, solar could only be accessed by purchasing a PV system that costs around $14,000 AUD – excluding the installation and maintenance fees. Traditional solar demand high upfront costs and only begin saving five years after installation.
At Sola.io, we aim to eliminate the inequalities within the traditional solar model by making clean energy more affordable to the everyday Australian.
Solar-as-a-Service (SaaS) supplies, installs and maintains your system while you just pay us for the electricity it generates. The rate is capped at $0.135 per kilowatt and you can sell the energy you don’t use back to the grid via your energy retailer. By switching to SaaS, customers save on average thirty per cent on their current energy bills.
3.“Solar is Inflexible”
Many first-timers are often uncomfortable with the idea of radically switching to solar. However, solar infrastructure is compatible with conventional energy grids. You can still rely on fossil fuels and gradually transition to 100 per cent clean energy.
Because solar batteries are expensive, many customers rely on their energy retailer to provide electricity at night when their panels are dormant. While traditional solar models bind you to one energy retailer, Solar-as-a-Service enables you to switch retailers whenever you please. In addition, should you decide to move, SaaS enables you to take your solar panel system with you.
Solar is one of the best forms of energy available in Australia. Due to improving technology and innovate business models, switching to solar is now easier and cheaper than ever. The benefits of Solar-as-a-Service far outweighs fossil fuel grids and captures the best of traditional solar without its cons.
The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger