The Facts You Need to Know Before You Go Solar

Whether you know it or not, you’re being lied to by your local electricity utility about the cost, viability and future of solar power. They want you and the rest of the world to keep burning dirty fossil fuels instead of going with clean, green solar power.

Solar energy poses a big threat to their profits, so the utilities are doing all they can to keep solar power in the dark.

Here are five big, fat lies that utilities tell to discourage people like you from going solar. It’s time you know the truth.

Lie 1: Solar power is too expensive.

This is an old lie utilities love to tell, but the truth is, the cost of solar power systems has steadily been dropping for years. The cost to generate electricity from the power of the sun is at its lowest and the utilities know it. That’s why they’re spreading lies about the cost of solar. The falling cost is a big reason why San Diego ranks number two in the nation for solar, with new installations sky rocketing 76 percent since 2013.

With federal and state programs contributing to the cost of new solar power systems, there’s never been a better time to go solar.

Lie 2: Solar panels will damage my roof.

No one wants their roof damaged by solar panels or anything else. Damage to your roof can cause leaks and is expensive to fix.

The fact is, solar power companies take great care when working on your roof and installing solar panels. In the unlikely event that some damage happens during your solar power installation, your installer will come out and fix it. Plain and simple.

Lie 3: Solar power is not a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

The utilities like to say solar power isn’t as efficient as burning fossil fuels. But actually, green technology is advancing so quickly that solar panels are getting better at converting sunlight into electricity.

With continuing innovation and development resulting in more efficient solar power systems, solar power will only become a more viable and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels.

Lie 4: Solar panels will lower the value of my home.

We’ve heard this one a lot too, when actually, the complete opposite is true. Most homebuyers appreciate the fact that they won’t have to pay their local utility for electricity. New research sponsored by the Department of Energy found buyers are willing to pay more for homes outfitted with rooftop solar power systems. Ultimately, solar panels don’t lower your home’s resale value but can increase it.

The lie that solar panels lower the value of your home simply doesn’t hold water.

Lie 5: The solar power industry won’t last.

We’ve heard this lie from the utilities for a decade or longer. All the while, solar power has continued growing because people want to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and save money. The fact is clear that solar is the future, not the past.

Don’t believe these lies that utilities tell about solar power. Seek out the truth, do your own research and come to your own conclusions about whether solar power is right for you.

It’s our personal commitment to give you all the facts, whether or not you select us as your solar power partner. When you’re ready to speak with our team of solar power professionals serving San Diego, Orange and the Inland Empire counties, we’ll be waiting at 1-800-SULLIVAN or online at

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