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Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

By Edited Sep 27, 2016 2 1

In an ideal world, using solar power for everything we need sounds like a simple plan. There are pros and cons of solar energy to any debate, and there is no exception in the case of solar power; this article will clarify some of the more prominent arguments in this important argument about our power consumption.

Advantages to Solar Energy

1. It is more inexpensive to use than other ways of generating energy for comsumption. There's no need to burn fossil fuels, which can have detrimental effects on the environment, as the sun's energy comes to us free of charge, with no need to refine it. It can help save the environment to just use this power.

2. There's very little money involved in pulling the sun's rays from the sun, as it provides it freely; all you have to invest in is the initial setup.

3. With solar power, there's little to no cost for your utilities, so say goodbye to an energy bill; you could even make money by supplying other areas with excess energy that you have to provide to them.

4. The atmosphere would benefit from diminished burning of fossil fuels. Even if gas prices go up, there's no need to worry, as your power is being provided at no cost to you, and there will not be a shortage in your lifetime.

5. Power outages would not affect you, as the solar energy would keep coming to your home; you don't have to worry about the sun going out.

6. The sun reaches every part of the Earth, so there's no worry about whether an electric company can reach you. Many out of the way locations use solar power to run their homes.

7. There's no need to rewire your home, leaving it easy to maintain; if more power is needed, merely increase the number of panels you have.

Disadvantages of Solar Energy

1. While all you really have to worry about is the initial cost of your investment, it is an extremely pricey thing to set up and install. If you live in certain areas, the government could supply you with a grant that can pay for your system setup; you would do well to investigate these options before you begin.

2. Make sure that your geographical area gets enough sunlight to run your home sufficiently. If you live nearer to the equator, you'll get more sunlight per day, which will make it worth it to invest in this system; this may not be as practical for someone living closer to the poles.

3. During the night, you may have difficulties running your home since the sun only shines during the day; you could get a backup battery to solve this problem, which will store the excess energy that it accumultes from the sun to run your home overnight.

Weighing the pros and cons of solar energy, it's clear that solar power is a worthwhile investment; the only problem you have to deal with is the large setup cost. Prices should become more reasonable as the technology makes further strides and becomes cheaper to use.



Sep 16, 2010 2:36am
Sometimes it is not a matter of staying in the right geographical areas. If there are tall buildings surrouding your house, you wont get much solar energy even if you stay in Africa.
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