The 7 Things Solar Panel Makers Don’t Want You To Know – Family Handyman

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Installing solar panels in your home can lower your environmental footprint and your monthly bills, but there are also some disadvantages you should know about.


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Solar Panels Don’t Require Maintenance

Despite what solar panel makers may tell you, maintenance of the panels is not a problem once you have them installed. Solar panel manufacturers try to get people to lease solar panels, insisting that then the homeowner won’t have to worry about maintenance. Don’t let this get to you! The only thing you have to do is keep the panels clear of debris by using a garden hose, out of direct sunlight, a few times a year. Planning to make your own? Here’s everything you need to know about DIY solar panels.




SRECs and Tax Credits Aren’t Forever

Solar panel manufacturers will push you to invest in their product for solar projects for many reasons, including the promise of SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Credit) and tax credits. Every Megawatt-hour of electricity produced by your solar panels results in a SREC. In some states, SRECs are sold to utility companies, who then pay homeowners for each SREC they purchase. While such credits are a great incentive, they’re not a forever promise. For example, the Federal Solar Tax Credit will end for home solar in 2021. If you choose to purchase solar, you might want to consider adding it to your shed.

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