Resources

Myths & Misconceptions

These resources include information related to breaking down myths and misconceptions about solar energy.

Solar PV and Glare

A common misconception about solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is that they inherently cause or create “too much” glare, posing a nuisance to neighbors and a safety risk for pilots. While solar PV systems can produce glare, light absorption, rather than reflection, is central to the function of solar PV panels. This fact sheet describes the basic issues surrounding glare from solar PV panels, the new Federal Aviation Administration guidance, and the implications for local governments.

Solar Energy Myths & Misconceptions Part I

As more and more local governments and individuals look to develop and support solar power installations on their homes and communities, it is important to be able to address questions and concerns about solar power technologies. There are many myths and misconceptions about solar PV technologies that often need to be addressed. This fact sheet (the first in a series) explores some of the more common of these myths and presents the facts.

Solar Energy Myths & Misconceptions Part II

As solar energy development, namely solar PV, continues to celebrate its decline in costs and growth in local adoption, it is important to address questions and concerns about solar PV technologies. There are many myths and misconceptions about solar technologies that often need to be addressed along with legitimate concerns around issues such as glare and fires that have been in the news lately.

Fact Sheet: Solar Cost Myths and Misconceptions

As more individuals, corporations, and local governments consider photovoltaic (PV) solar energy as a means of controlling their energy costs, it is important to understand current costs and financing options. Despite the record growth of the solar industry in recent years,1 many people interested in PV often encounter various myths or misconceptions about the costs Read More »

Addressing Solar Myths and Misconceptions Webinar

As more and more local governments and individuals look to develop and support solar power installations on their homes and communities, it is important to be able to address questions and concerns about solar power technologies. In addition, there are many myths and misconceptions about solar technologies that often need to be addressed. This webinar explored the most common of these myths and present the facts about solar, and facilitated discussion and provided concrete examples of methods to overcome the myths surrounding solar technologies for local governments. To access a recording of the webinar, click here.

Solar and Grid Stability

This short paper presents a discussion of the myths and misconceptions regarding solar’s impact on the electric grid, improving local government officials’ understanding of these issues and providing them with the information they need to dispel these myths as they are encountered. The focus here is on technological advances made over the past several years at the system level and on the technological and operational advances that will be required under high-penetration scenarios. Readers will obtain a more complete understanding of these issues and will be connected to resources they can use to help ensure solar can continue to be connected to the grid while maintaining safety and reliability.

To read this paper, click here.