Generally, whether solar panels are overrated or not is for you to decide as this answer varies on what exactly you need out of the solar panels and exactly for what purpose. So here we go:
Advantages of using solar panels
Free energy supply – This is by far the greatest advantage of using solar panels. The sun provides free fuel whose generation is reflected directly into your home and can be used to power up electronic devices.
Friendly energy production – The energy that is harnessed from the sun has no side effects is environment friendly and has no side effects whatsoever to its uses as opposed to some of the side effects that are witnessed with the use of commercially produced electricity.
Installation privileges – Constantly local federations and jurisdictions are always giving out incentives for the installation of products and technology that allow for energy renewal. Such incentives include: discounts, tax breaks and cheaper installation prices.
Acquired freedom – As opposed to being fully dependent to the electric grid that you are provided with, this is a chance to separate oneself. This is especially useful if power outages occur frequently.
Disadvantages of using solar panels
High purchase costs – Generally, putting up a solar panel can be very expensive as even smaller solar panels take just about the same requirements and material.
Site adjustment costs – In the situation that the solar panels are being put up in an already built up house then the electronic system might need to be upgraded while the roof might need to be adjusted. Remember this cost will be separate from the purchase cost.
Maintenance – As this is your own initiative then this means that any repairs, damages and clean-up is upon you. Clean up especially help to maintain the effectiveness of the solar panel whereas in the vent that lets say a thorough storm causes damage then it’s up to the buyer to oversee repairs.
As you can see, there are quite a few of both advantages and disadvantages of solar energy systems. Now it’s your task to give it all a thought before you decide on whether you make the investment or not.