The technology of solar panels has come a long way and it has been proven to be successful renewable energy. Many naysayers are saying that it still unproven which is a farce. Furthermore the technology and materials used have been improving over the last five years. The tech in itself has been used not just for rooftops but also used for powering our cell towers, space devices that are used for exploration and for oil derricks.
Another problem with some of the naysayers is that they believe it does not work in colder climates or areas with less sunlight as compared to less say a desert. One interesting stat that debunks this is the northeastern states of Massachusetts along with New Jersey are in the top 10 for solar energy. Yes it may because some of their laws are more pro-solar, but it doesn’t take away that they are using it because it is effective. The States of New York and Vermont are gaining traction and could break the top 10 in the next few years. What is telling is that the area that you’re in does not require full sunshine like California or Nevada in order to produce sufficient electricity.
If you look at the stats globally, in Germany is a leader in solar power and has the most installed solar Tech in the world. The weather in Germany is comparable to to that of state of Washington, which we all know in many parts of that state rains a lot.
The other issues that may cause consumers to feel skeptical about solar energy is that it unattractive especially when you install those ugly panels. There is one company that will produce attractive panels that balances well with rooftops and besides, who looks at your roof unless you are flying.
One more thing to note is the cost of the panels as some segment of consumers still feel that it is expensive to have on your rooftop. The good thing is that it has come down in price or the last five years and will continue as the material and technology improves. Another key point is many American homeowners can get support from their state to help reduce the installation cost by choosing financial programs that will help spread the costs over one or two decades. The upside is that you will save lots of money down the road.