PV and Commercial Solar is a new and constantly changing technological space. There are many myths in the industry that may have been true in the past but are now false. The problem is that getting the new information to decision-makers is tough. The important thing to remember about solar is that it is constantly changing.
Here are 5 common myths about commercial solar that we encounter on a regular basis.
Commercial Solar Myths
Solar panels do not work on cloudy days.
FALSE Solar panels work on cloudy days, rainy days; in the middle of summer and on the dreary days of winter. Solar panels are designed to generate electricity from the sun, and even when it is cool or cloudy a solar panel will still produce electricity.
2. Solar Energy is expensive and not commercially viable.
FALSE Costs of installing solar solutions at a commercial scale have decreased in Australia over the past 5 years. There are many ways that commercial solar can be financed, all of which will lead to savings for your organisation. For more information on financing take a look at our power generation vs ROI financing page.
3. Commercial Solar Projects are difficult to project manage and take too long to complete.
FALSE Commercial Solar is no longer a difficult project to manage. At PV Structures we can project manage a car park solar project from conception to completion. Our team are experienced and can work with your existing solar company or can recommend a solar company for the project. Ultimately, once you decide to go ahead with the project, the rest is simple and managed for you and completed promptly within a specified timeline.
At PV Structures our whole supply and construction chain is Australian, therefore there are no delays on the car park solar structures, their design or construction.
4. Commercial Solar is not ready for battery storage.
FALSE Commercial Solar is able to use battery storage just as a residential solar system would. There are many examples of batteries being used to store electricity generated by commercial solar panels (both car park and rooftop). These are especially common in shopping centre solar projects.
5. Solar Panels only last 10 years and then are worse for the environment because of the waste they create.
FALSE Solar Panels last on average 25 years and at the end of their life can be recycled. With a solar car park, the structure will remain intact and re-usable for much longer than 25 years. Solar panels on a solar car park can simply be replaced when they are no longer working effectively or if technology should improve dramatically warranting early replacement.
Solar is no longer just for homes; there are plenty of options for viable commercial solar options. At PV Structures we specialise in standalone steel solar structures; usually in the form of solar car parks. These car parks are extremely popular for shopping centres however they can also be used for public buildings, schools, transport hubs, factories and anywhere there is an open car park.
For more information on solar car parks and standalone solar structures, please get in touch with our team.