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Solar Power - Myths & Facts

Solar Power – Four Myths vs. Five Facts

Many myths exist about solar power – around what it costs, what it can do and whether governments should support households and businesses in going solar. This fact sheet helps set the record straight.
This is a bilingual article. Russian version you can find there

Myth: Solar panels are very expensive.

Fact: Solar panels are inexpensive and becoming more affordable every day. The cost of producing and installing solar power systems has fallen dramatically over recent years, and continues to fall. The solar panels installed on rooftops today are more than 500 times cheaper to produce than the first solar cells of the mid- 1950 s and costs are still coming down fast. Four years ago a solar system could cost as much as a small car; now it costs about the same as a big TV.

Myth: Solar systems drive the need for expensive grid upgrades

Fact: The need for grid upgrades is driven by rising peak demand and insufficient investment in the electricity network over the last 20 years.

The single largest reason for rising power bills is the cost of upgrades to transmission and distribution infrastructure (for example, the poles and wires which in some cases are decades old). This makes up about 40 to 50 per cent of the average household power bill, and would exist with or without the addition of solar power systems.

Myth: Solar panels are an expensive way to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Fact: Cutting emissions is just one of solar’s benefits. Solar power helps households offset the impacts of increased electricity prices resulting from a price on carbon, while many other cheaper forms of carbon reduction do nothing to help households adjust to the impact of the carbon price.

Myth: Renewable energy can’t compete economically with burning coal for power

Fact: The fossil fuel industry is heavily subsidised.  The energy market is not a level playing field. The fossil fuel-based electricity system we have today is built on government subsidies, and fossil fuels continue to enjoy government assistance. On top of that, fossil fuels produce greenhouse gases, and cause a lot related health and environmental impacts.
This is a bilingual article. Russian version you can find there


 

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