Misinformation is rampant in the solar industry. We’ve already posted several times in response to untruths, myths, and misinformation in the solar industry. How about another one? In this episode of Solar Mythbusters, we respond to a Facebook post that generically bashes solar as damaging and dangerous to roofs.
If you’ve been on the sales/installation/design side of the solar industry for even a few weeks, you’ve encountered questions related to how system production is calculated. This is a reasonable question. It’s a question that strikes at the heart of the solar value statement. As such, transparency is the appropriate posture for exploring this question.
In solar, there are different grades of module (panel). A module’s efficiency and brand name are the primary factors that determine which “grade” it falls into. Over the years we’ve had many customers who come to us and demand we quote them with “THE MOST EFFICIENT MODULE.” That makes us chuckle to ourselves. Sometimes. Because solar economics just don’t support their demands.
We found a discovery piece shining light into murky shadows of the solar industry. A tale of well-meaning, solar-naive homeowners (people like you or I) who’d been taken advantage of by unscrupulous solar companies using questionable sales tactics… to rope them into signing up for a shoddy solar system under an agreement of unfavorable terms.
Elon Musk. I’ve long thought his greatest contribution would be to captivate and fascinate humanity with his wild and innovative STEM based ideas — and thereby inspire a whole new generation of STEM professionals. I really do think that will be an important part of his legacy. What I want to talk about in this post is a shadow side of his flashy 2016 solar shingle product announcement.