As a solar energy company, it’s pretty obvious that we love solar power and can give you a number of advantages that this source of energy can bring to your home. Yet, as with everything in life, it has its disadvantages as well.
So we decided to check both sides of the coin and provide a totally balanced look to help you make up your mind as to whether this form of energy is something you should consider for your family or not.
We are pretty confident that once you have looked through this article, you will, like us, know that solar power is the future!
Advantages of solar power
Let’s first take a look at the advantages that a solar system will bring to your home.
- Provides clean energy
If you care about the planet and the health of your family, then installing residential solar panels is a must. Why? Well, it is the cleanest form of energy you can get. It gives off no form of gas or any other chemicals when in operation while it contains no contaminants either. This is obviously a far cry from more traditional energy producers such as coal-fired or nuclear power stations.
- It is both renewable and sustainable
The sun produces energy on a daily basis. This takes the form of sunlight that travels to earth and can be generated into energy by solar panels and converted to electricity by a solar energy system. And the sun will still shine for a long, long time. Yes, it will die out in a few billion years but fossil fuels could be gone in the next century.
- An excellent source of power for remote areas
Think of a remote cabin on a lake that is nowhere near any form of electricity whatsoever. Solar power, however, could provide electricity for that cabin easily enough. Even in a country with incredible infrastructure such as the United States, many remote areas remain where the national grid simply doesn’t reach. Or think even more out of the box, for example, space. Solar power is the perfect source of energy to fuel a space exploration program!
- Easily installed
One of the true advantages of solar power is the fact that it can be installed quickly. Should you choose to install an energy home solar system, it will take only up to a week to complete, depending on the size of course.
- Save money
Now the main reason why anyone would install solar power is to save money. From the outset, that’s what a solar energy system will do for you. In fact, should you be able to power your whole house using solar power, you can remove yourself from the grid totally. Just think of all the savings you would make. Any surplus energy you generate can even be pushed back into the national grid for a profit.
- Always on!
Despite the fact that the sun certainly doesn’t shine at night, solar power is always available. This is because the energy is stored in batteries so even when the sun goes down, your house will have power.
- Low maintenance costs
As they have no moving parts, solar panels require very little maintenance after installation. They last around 25 to 30 years in most cases. All you might need to do from time to time is clean the panels to ensure that they are working as efficiently as possible.
- As quiet as can be
Do you enjoy peace and quiet? Well, then you will love solar power. This is simply the quietest way to generate energy in the world.
- Tax rebates
Depending on where you stay, you may be eligible for tax rebates if you have installed solar power to provide power for your home.
The disadvantages of solar power
Now let’s take a look at the disadvantage of solar energy.
We are not going to lie. You will need a fair capital outlay should you wish to install a solar energy system that will take your home off the grid completely. Although this is a disadvantage in the short-term, within a few years, your solar system would have paid for itself over and over again. Tax rebates can also make it far more worthwhile than people think.
- Setup area
Solar panels will take up a fair amount of your roof space. Note, the more power you want the system to produce, the more solar panels you will need to install.
- Battery storage area
Although solar panels do all the work in terms of generating energy to be converted to electricity, this energy must be stored somewhere. This is done in the form of batteries. Depending on how much you want the system to run in your household this could mean many batteries to store enough energy to take you off the grid. These batteries are fairly large and are heavy, so will need a designated storage point.
So there you have it, both the pros and cons of solar power. Now we can go on and on about the benefits of this source of energy but we think you will agree, solar power is simply the way forward. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.