Going Solar (energy) – Pros & Cons

If you’re one to research and list the pros and cons to anything before you make a decision, you will appreciate these solar energy pros and cons to help you decide if you should put solar power on your home. The question always comes down to whether the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa, and if there is a work around for any of the cons.

No one can argue that the energy supplied by the sun is abundant and free. The sun is a renewable, sustainable source, and the use of it does not reduce its ability to provide unlimited free power. The power produced by and collected from the sun can be stored indefinitely.

The sun provides clean energy. It does not pollute air, water, or anything. It produces no by-products and outside of using the electricity it produces, you would not know it was even being collected and/or stored short of seeing the evidence of panels and batteries. The sun actually has a cleansing effect on many things and is part of sustaining life.

Solar panels, which are used to capture the energy from the sun can be installed on most rooftops, eliminating the need to use ground space, and the cost for their purchase has been going down. They are quiet and easy to maintain. Unless they are attached to a mechanical sun tracking mechanism, they are virtually silent and only need to be cleaned periodically. Photovoltaic cells have a long warranty period, often 25 years, and as demand increases, so does the technology, making them even more efficient with time.

Perhaps the greatest disadvantage to solar energy is the initial cash outlay for installation. Residential solar systems, while decreasing in price over the years, are not cheap. They have to be considered an investment.

There are physical cons for solar energy as well. Some areas may have a heavy smog or pollution problem which can limit the effectiveness of solar panels. Some areas have weather that is less conducive to solar panel use due to being overcast, raining or foggy for longer periods of time. Obviously there are a few locations, like Alaska, where the sun is not seen for days at a time. All of these things can have a negative impact on collecting solar energy.

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