Fact Check: Is solar power really unreliable?

Solar power is a reliable source of energy for most solar installations, especially those connected to the overall power grid. However, it can be inconsistent in off-grid installations where solar is the only source of energy.

It’s important to note that adding solar energy to the grid doesn’t lead to rolling blackouts. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), nearly half of all electric capacity added to the U.S. grid in 2023 came from solar power!

If there were going to be widespread rolling blackouts, they would have already happened.

Most solar panels generate power and feed it into the grid, which improves the strength of the grid as a whole by adding solar energy as an additional power source.
Solar systems can be added to the existing power grid to enable energy exchange.

When there is surplus solar production, the excess electricity can be fed back into the grid, earning credits for the system owner. During low solar production, power can be drawn from the grid to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.

Solar panels are a simple and efficient way of converting the sun’s rays into electricity.

Thanks to their modern design and high efficiency, they can produce electricity even when the weather is cloudy! If installed properly by an experienced professional, solar panels can provide low-maintenance power for many, many years.

Modern solar energy systems offer consistent and dependable electricity (even during outages when paired with battery storage). Energy stored in batteries can be used at night or on less sunny days, ensuring a reliable energy source 24/7. Solar energy has proven to be a reliable and sustainable option for meeting energy needs.

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PHOTO CAP: A photo of a recent solar installation completed by Exact Solar in Newtown

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