Texans are increasingly choosing to go solar as a way to both reduce electricity costs and protect their homes from grid instability. A residential solar system is a great way to hedge against rising utility bills, and when paired with battery backup can provide energy independence during our hot Texas summers and increasingly unpredictable winters. 

But despite the growing popularity of solar, several myths and misconceptions persist. In this blog, we aim to debunk some of these common myths and shed some light on the truth behind residential solar energy.

Myth #1: Solar Panels Are Only for Green Consumers

One pervasive myth surrounding residential solar is that it is only suitable for environmentally conscious individuals. While solar energy is undoubtedly a clean and renewable energy source, it is equally beneficial for homeowners as well as businesses looking to save on rising electricity bills. Solar panels not only reduce your carbon footprint; they also provide a proven, cost-effective alternative to traditional utility power.

Aerial view of Fayette County Vet Clinic solar system on roof

Solar isn’t just for consumers: This Fayette County vet clinic added a rooftop solar system more than five years ago.

Myth #2: Solar Panels Are Only Effective on Sun-Drenched Roofs

Aerial view of homes with solar panelsContrary to popular belief, solar panels can generate electricity even on rooftops with areas of shade. While they perform optimally in the sunniest conditions (hot or cold), advancements in solar technology have made solar energy viable in a variety of climates. Solar panels can still produce energy on cloudy days or in areas with less sunlight due to technologies such as microinverters and optimizers, which increase the efficiency of solar panels.

Myth #3: Solar Systems Aren’t Worth the Investment

Another common misconception is that solar installations are prohibitively expensive and won’t provide a good return on investment. In reality, the cost of solar panels has plummeted over the past decade, while electricity prices continue to rise. Federal tax incentives have been extended through the Inflation Reduction Act and Texas property tax exemptions sweeten the deal. Your ROI will vary depending on the price you’re paying for electricity, and the rate at which utility costs are rising. Longhorn will provide a detailed proposal that shows exactly what to expect in terms of both your financial returns and your lifetime savings on electricity.

Myth #4: Solar Panels Require a Lot of Maintenance

Some believe that solar panels demand constant and expensive maintenance. In truth, solar panels are designed to be extremely durable and low-maintenance. Routine inspections and occasional cleaning are typically sufficient to keep them operating efficiently. In addition, most solar panels today come with both product and performance warranties, which guarantee a certain level of performance for 25 years, ensuring they’ll still be churning out clean energy a generation from now.

Rooftop view of solar panels on nonprofit building

Myth #5: Solar Panels Negatively Impact Property Values

There’s a misconception that installing solar panels can decrease the resale value of a property. But in truth, studies have shown that homes equipped with solar energy systems tend to have higher property values. Nationally, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power, according to a recent Zillow study. Potential buyers are attracted to homes with lower energy bills and a reduced environmental impact, increasing the appeal of solar-equipped properties in a tough real estate market.


Myth #6: Solar Batteries Are More Expensive Than Rising Electricity Costs

Another persistent myth is that adding solar batteries to store excess energy is more expensive than relying solely on the grid. In reality, the costs associated with solar batteries have been steadily decreasing. Solar batteries offer benefits such as energy independence and protection from future electricity price hikes, making them a financially sound investment for homeowners.  While still popular for off-grid use, batteries are no longer just for emergency use anymore. 

Myth #7: Solar is Not Allowed in Areas with Homeowners Associations (HOAs)

A common misconception is that HOAs restrict or prohibit the installation of solar panels. Many states have enacted laws protecting homeowners’ rights to install solar panels, even in areas governed by HOAs. In Texas, consumers’ rights are protected when it comes to solar. It’s always wise to check with your HOA for any reasonable restrictions and Longhorn can help you with any requirements and even educate your HOA on the value of solar for your community.

Solar Myths: Debunked!

As we debunk these myths surrounding residential solar energy, it becomes abundantly clear that solar power can be a practical and cost-effective solution for homeowners from all walks of life. Solar technology continues to evolve, becoming more efficient, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing. By separating fact from fiction, we hope to inspire more homeowners to embrace solar energy, contributing to a more sustainable future for us all.