Welcome to my post on the Advantages & Disadvantages of Solar Energy!
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Advantages & Disadvantages...
The power of the sun is truly remarkable; the energy it produces in one hour could potentially meet a whole year's worth of worldwide energy needs! Undoubtedly, the sun may be a powerful energy source, and although we can only gather a fraction of this energy, harnessing this power through the installation of solar panels can make a big difference to the earth.
Solar power has now been proven to be extremely beneficial - not just for the environment but also for the private economy. This is very different from the original criticisms made of this industry.
Thanks to available solar tax subsidies and their increasingly competitive prices, solar power has become the main source of energy for more and more families. Over the past decade, we have seen huge technological advancements. We have also witnessed advancements in energy storage.
However, there are always downsides to each power source. In this article I have outlined the key advantages and disadvantages of solar energy, covering the following points:
Advantages of Solar Power...
Solar power has many advantages to the environment as it creates clean renewable power. One of the leading benefits is its ability to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When we use solar power we reduce our consumption of energy generated using fossil fuels. Using fossil fuels to create electricity releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which contributes to rising temperatures, climate change, and of course public health concerns.
Making the transition to solar power reduces demand for fossil fuels, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and your carbon footprint. The U.S. Energy Information Administration claims that the average home with solar panels in Connecticut uses just over 10,000 (kWh) of electricity per year. This transition could have the same effect emission reduction equivalent to planting 150 trees every year or burning 5,000 pounds of coal each year!
Benefits for Human Health...
The generation of power from fossil fuels causes public health concerns. It emits several pollutants into the air that is harmful to human health and the environment. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions are primarily the result of burning coal which contributes to acid rain and the formation of harmful particulate matter.
Renewable Energy Source...
The primary benefit of installing solar panels is the production of renewable energy. The power is harnessed from the sun. Solar power will be available for as long as our sunburns, according to scientists sunlight will be available for at least five billion years. Therefore it is going to be a very long time until it runs out - unlike some other energy sources.
Solar panels can harness renewable energy in all areas of the world, every day. As long as we have the sun and we use solar panels, we will have unlimited energy. source Even in cloudy weather, solar panels can absorb the energy from the sun needed to create power.
Efficient Power Source...
The technology in this industry is always advancing and we will continue to see improvements over time. The advancements in quantum physics and nanotechnology are likely to increase the effectiveness of solar panels. We could potentially see triple electrical input in the future.
Early models of solar panels were rather ineffective. The first solar panel I had installed generated only 150 watts, but the ones I have now are very effective producing over double that. In 2020 you should be looking at getting around 320 watts per four hours.
There are sixteen daylight hours in a day so this would give you a total of 1280 watts per day. The average US household consumes 11,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. From these values, it is easy to see how efficient solar panels now are. You could generate a year's worth of power in less than a month.
Reduced Power Bills...
The installation of solar panels will allow you to produce your electricity, which will be free. Because of this, your power bills will drop. The amount of money you will save on your power bill depends on the amount of power you produce compared to the amount of power you use. It is recommended that you consider power use when deciding on what system set up to get.
Sell Excess Power & Earn Money...
Not only will you save a lot on your electricity bills, but there is also a great possibility to receive substantial payments for the surplus energy that is added into the electrical grid.
Many people who have installed solar make more power than they use, so they sell it to the grid. With this setup, people have paid for their solar installation, maintenance fees, and then receive free power.
Low Maintenance Costs...
Your solar panel system won’t require a lot of maintenance. The only thing you need to do is to keep them clean and you should do this twice per year.
If you live somewhere dusty, then try to do this once every few months. If you think you can’t clean your solar panels properly, you can hire professional cleaning companies that offer this service. Most companies charge between $30-$60.
There is limited wear and tear because there are no moving parts. You will need to change the invertor after 5-10 years as it works uninterruptedly causing wear and tear. You also need to maintain the cables to ensure maximum efficiency. Moreover, most companies manufacturing solar panels offer 20-25 years warranty. So after the initial installation, you can expect little maintenance fees.
There is a huge variety of solar power systems available on the market, meeting a wide variety of people and their individual needs. The diversity of possibilities means that you can install them almost anywhere – for instance, you can take advantage of both horizontal and vertical spaces.
Solar power systems can be adapted and expanded. If you were to install a small or medium-scale solar panel project, you can expand the installation at any given time. For example, if you were to build an extension in ten years, increasing the size of your system would be relatively easy to achieve.
Solar power can be used remotely. You do not need to be dependent on local power systems and therefore this provides you with the freedom to choose the location. Yes, these systems can be set up to generate power back into the grid but this doesn't have to be the case.
If using a solar set up system remotely, I recommend two things. Firstly, calculate how much power you will need to generate so that you only spend money on what you need. Second, have a large battery bank so that you can store the energy you generate on sunny days and use it on days when you generate less power.
Likewise, solar panels are designed to highly withstand the environmental impact of extreme weather conditions. They endure these weather conditions well and this includes violent storms and extreme winds. Likely, they will not get damaged under these conditions as they are extremely durable.
Disadvantages of Solar Power...
The initial cost of buying a system is fairly high. There are many components to a solar installation; solar panels, inverter, batteries, wiring, and for the installation. My first solar panels were expensive considering the little power they were producing, however, this is improving.
When pricing solar installation, compare prices by calculating the price by wattage. When solar was new to the market a good deal was $2 per watt, however, it should be about half this now. Always shop around and ensure you are getting a total cost which includes installation as this is where companies make their money. Solar technologies are constantly developing, so it's safe to assume that prices will go down even further in the future.
Although solar power can still be collected during cloudy and rainy days, the effectiveness of the system drops when there is less sun. A couple of cloudy, rainy days can have a clear effect on the energy system. Solar panels work on overcast days but the amount of energy they produce will be less when compared to the energy produced on sunny days.
This power system is reliant on the power of the sun and therefore finding a way to store energy is essential if you have varied weather. It is also important to take day and night into consideration. Power is not generated during the night so some sort of battery system is needed if you require any kind of power after dark.
If you require water heating at night time you may want to consider investing in thermodynamic panels.
Energy Storage Is Expensive...
If the energy is not used immediately, or you create more than you use you will need to invest in energy storage. They will be charged during the day and then used during the night or on cloudy days when there is less power being generated. Unfortunately, these batteries are expensive.
If your system is connected to the grid, one option is to use the energy you create during the day and then use the grid power at night. If you live in a climate that doesn't require much heating, this is a viable option. But if you live somewhere cold this could be costly and it is likely worth investing in your battery bank.
The more power you need, the more panels you will need. Each panel will take up space and the better they are positioned towards the sun, the more power they will produce too. Some roofs are more suitable for supporting a solar power system than others.
Alternatively, you can have them set up in a yard or on a shed if you need more space. Whatever you decide, be sure that they get sufficient sunlight and are not blocked by trees.
Although pollution associated with solar power systems is way less compared to other sources of energy, solar power still contributes to pollution. This is because pollution is created during the manufacturing process, an aspect of this green energy source that is frequently overlooked.
There also are some toxic materials and unsafe products used during the manufacturing process of solar photovoltaic systems, which may indirectly affect the environment. Nevertheless, solar power pollutes far less than other energy sources.
Advantages Disadvantages of Solar Energy: The Final Verdict!
Climate change is real and the time for sustainable energy sources is now. By installing solar panels, you will generate sustainable energy from the sun. Doing so will reduce the amount of money you spend on your power bills, have positive impacts on the environment, and reduce public health concerns.
The initial cost of installing solar panels is high but they will save you money in the long-run. Just be sure to shop around and make sure you find the best deal for you and your individual needs.
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