Even though an increasing number of people are installing residential solar panels, if you ask the average property owner the top three reasons why they dislike solar panels, you’ll probably get similar answers.
First, one of the disadvantages of solar power is the expense. A lot of people believe that the cost of solar panels is just too high to justify the expense. While it is true that the retail price of solar panels starts at about $10,000 (depending on the size of your system and energy needs), you can get rebates and other incentives to lower the cost by up to 80%. In addition, solar panels increase the value of your home, which effectively shortens the return on investment.
Second, some people are concerned about the aesthetic impact of solar panels. This is in part why homeowners associations may prohibit their installation. Even though they can be a noticeable installation on a home, however, they are no more jarring than a satellite dish and significantly more beneficial to the value of your home. In fact, some people believe that having solar on their roof is a sign of the future. They look “greener” or more “high tech” as a result.
Finally, there is a perception that solar panels are bulky, difficult to install and potentially damaging to rooftops. However, with professional installation and today’s solar arrays, the panels are neither too heavy nor damaging. In fact, new solar gadget models are a lot smaller and very easy to install compared to just 5-10 years ago. The latest models for home use weigh only a 40 to 50 pounds.