Solar Energy – Advantages / Disadvantages

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With utility costs on the increase, homeowners and businesses are making the move towards solar energy.   We know that solar energy is a good thing, but we don’t always know why. 

Advantages

  •  Government financial incentives available
  • No fuel required
  • Savings on your utilities are noticed immediately and for many years to come
  • Energy from the sun is virtually free
  • Solar energy is clean, sustainable and renewable which helps protect our environment
  • Solar energy doesn’t release carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide or mercury into the air like most traditional forms of electrical generation does
  • Contributes to the decrease of harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Solar energy is generated where it is needed and can be utilized to offset utility-supplied energy consumption
  • Continues to supply energy to your home in the event of a power outage
  • Virtually maintenance free and will last for decades
  • No additional recurring costs after installation
  • If additional energy is required, you can add additional panels

 Disadvantages

  • Initial upfront costs to install
  • Solar panels require a large area for installation to achieve a good level of efficiency
  • Efficiency of the system relies on the location of the sun; however this problem can be overcome with the installation of certain components
  • Production of energy is effected by the presence of clouds
  • No energy will be produced during nighttime although a battery backup system and/or net metering will solve this problem
  • Pollution can be a disadvantage as it can degrade the efficiency of photovoltaic cells
  • Appearance 

As you can see, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for installing solar energy and with all of the government incentives now may be the time for you to consider solar energy.  

Check back for the next blog on Government incentives available for Solar Energy products.

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