The Advantages of Solar Power
Find out the major
benefits of solar energy,
along with some disadvantages.
The advantages of solar power are many. On
this page we will explain some of the biggest benefits of solar energy and how you can save
money over other forms of energy such as oil, coal, natural gas and more, as well as help the
Compare The Benefits of Solar Energy
You can compare the following solar power advantages with the disadvantages listed
thereafter to help you weigh out the pros and cons of solar energy use in your home.
Advantages of Solar
Solar energy is a renewable form of energy and thus is sustainable energy. This
means that the sun will come up pretty consistently forever, so you can rely on this
power always being there. Sure there will be nights and cloudy days, but sooner or
later, the sun will shine again and this "free form of renewable energy" will be back
for us to use. Oil is not a renewable energy source, which means that once it's used,
it's gone forever (it's in limited supply).
More benefits of solar energy include the fact that solar
energy creates no immediate pollution. While burning oil releases harmful
greenhouses gases, carcinogens and carbon dioxide into the air, solar runs clean
converting sun light to usable energy minus the combustion and minus the smoke.
Another of the advantages of solar energy is that solar power is
pretty much a quiet process. You can harness as much solar energy from the sun as you
want and there is no resulting noise pollution. This is pretty rare in the world of
"energy making" power sources like noisy gas powered generators. If you appreciate
peace and quiet you'll definitely agree that this is one of the best solar power
Very little maintenance is needed with solar panels. Usually an occasional cleaning is
all you'll have to do, with a more in-depth inspection every once a year. This is
because solar panels don't really have any moving parts and therefore there is less
friction, wear out or breakage to worry about. One of the nicer benefits of solar
Energy from the sun costs nothing. This is definitely one of the advantages of solar
power because, once you purchase and set up the solar equipment to collect and convert
energy from the sun, it will run everyday and you won't have to pay over and over for
your power. Although there is an initial investment involved, the payoff can be very
worth it, when you eliminate your monthly utility bills long term.
Solar power is also very flexible. You can have different solar arrays in different
areas without having to run wiring from one to the other. For example: You can put one
solar array on your roof to generate power for your home, and also have another smaller
one near your garden to power backyard lights or anything else outside that typically
needs less electricity.
The advantages of solar power over fossil fuels are many, including the fact that the
technology of solar power generation is only advancing with time. Odds are, solar power
will become even more affordable and practical in the future, while oil and gas
burning remains rather ecologically primitive and clearly limited in supply.
The advantages of solar energy use in remote areas are also big. Unlike fossil
fuel sources, solar power is very practical for remote areas. The cost to install
solar power in areas such as this would be far less than the cost to run power
Another one of the benefits of solar energy is that many regions are now offering
rebates for installing solar power in residential homes. This helps bring the cost of
solar power down, while encouraging more families to make the move toward sustainable
Dis-advantages of Solar Power
While there are obviously many advantages to solar power, there are also some
disadvantages of solar energy that you should know about.
By weighing out the pros and cons of solar energy you can better decide if solar
power is right for you.
One solar power dis-advantage is that although it's sustainable once set up, getting
started with solar power can be confusing and expensive. Solar panels can cost a lot of
money and solar installation isn't cheap. Fortunately, websites like ours exist to make
this whole process much more affordable and easy to understand.
Also in most parts of the world, there will be those periods of cloudy whether and
rain, so you will still have some limitations in regards to making the energy and you
will most likely have to rely on gas and oil again at some point. However using a
battery bank to store power so you can use it later greatly reduces and can even
completely eliminate this drawback.
While one of the advantages of solar energy is that it helps reduce overall pollution,
it also creates some in the process, mainly due to the production of the cell, the
transportation of solar panels until they reach your home, the use of electricity to
power the tools needed while your system is installed / maintained and the disposal of
lead acid batteries.
A solar energy installation usually requires some space in order for the solar system
to be efficient in producing electricity. This can be a disadvantage in areas
where space is short or expensive such as inner cities. However if you have
a large roof, you can make more power and this isn't an issue.
Another one of the major disadvantages of solar energy is that you are sometimes
limited by your surroundings. Tall houses, trees and buildings can really put a damper
on your solar system's performance and potential by blocking sunlight from getting to
Solar Energy Advantages
In the end, the disadvantages to setting up and maintaining a solar power system
are far less than the advantages of solar energy and the overall benefits gained by both
people and the environment.
Now that you are more familiar with some of the major solar power advantages and
disadvantages, you can better weigh out the pros and cons of solar energy and make a more informed
decision based on what's right for your specific needs.
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