Pros and cons of solar energy

Solar Energy Pros:

  1. Solar panels are Pollution free: Perhaps the biggest advantage of using solar panels is that they cause no pollution at all once they are installed. The only time they have any association to promotion of pollution is during their factory production, transportation, and final installation.
  2. Solar panels make no noise: Another major advantage is the fact that electricity generation with the help of solar panels is completely noiseless and hence entirely peaceful, unlike electricity produced using other resources such as fossil fuels, generators, and wind turbines. Solar panels don’t require heavy machinery to work; they simply absorb sunlight and silently convert it into electricity with the help of their solar cells
  3. Solar panels can be installed anywhere: The greatest plus point of installing solar panels for the generation of electricity is the fact that they can be installed in remote and secluded locations that are far from electric supply stations and grid stations, and can still effectively generate electricity for small or large scale purposes. Perhaps the best example of this notion is the use of solar panels in space where they are used to power satellites with the help of extremely sophisticated solar cells within the solar panels. Installing these panels in secluded areas is budget friendly as well, because this is just a onetime investment that will continue to produce electricity effectively according to needs and requirements.
  4. Solar panels are ideal for powering industries and factories: This technology is immensely effective and efficient when used to power a huge location or facility because it allows for much greater generation of electricity, without any pollution, depletion of natural resources or noise production.
  5. Solar panels can also be used in cloudy weather: Recent Advancements and developments have paved way for uninterrupted power generation even when the weather is cloudy. Solar panels are able to store the electricity they have created to be utilized anytime.
  6. Solar panels are compact and don’t take up much space: Another great advantage is the fact that these solar panels do not use up any extra space; they can simply be installed on roofs of houses and offices, and work perfectly.
  7. They supply free electricity: Apart from the initial investment of purchasing and installing solar panels, there is practically no cost associated with the generation of electricity with the help of these panels. The initial investment is covered within no time owing to the virtually free production of electricity.
  8. Solar panels are maintenance free: once installed, solar panels don’t really require much maintenance. They don’t require any special equipment to work or even any specialist knowledge to run. They can easily be installed at home as well, but most companies that supply them do install them themselves and usually give a warranty for several years.

Solar Energy Cons:

  1. Installation costs can be hefty: The biggest drawback of solar panels is of course the initial cost of purchasing and installing these panels. These panels must be highly efficient and sophisticated to produce electricity and the cost of these panels therefore on an average is $1000. When the requirement is less, one solar panel in a house is sufficient to power a small appliance, but this makes the initial cost rather heavy on the budget.
  2. Continuous cloudy weather can hinder electricity production: Another drawback is the fact that solar panels, which of course use the energy of the sun to produce electricity, are only effective as long as the sun shines. Even though PV panels can store electricity, they can only store a limited amount to power a certain number of hours. This means that you can only get continuous power supply through your solar panels during the days that it doesn’t rain or the sun shines constantly.
  3. Solar panels are sensitive: Bad weather can damage solar panels because they are exposed to the atmosphere. Solar panels are also not hurricane proof especially when installed on roofs of houses. Also because they are exposed to the atmosphere, solar panels are prone to damage because of pollution and may require maintenance for maximum effectiveness and efficient electricity production. This means that if installed in major, busy cities, solar panels may require maintenance time and time again.

Overview

Mentioned above are some of the important advantages and disadvantages of solar panel installation, even though there are a few minor drawbacks, it is clear to see that the advantages undoubtedly outweigh the disadvantages. Unfortunately the only reason why one cannot see solar panels being used to generate and produce electricity on large scales is because of the initial investment associated with the purchase and installment of solar panels. People are also more inclined to using power produced using fossil fuels because the cost of paying their bills seems much less than the installation of solar panels in homes and offices. Unless these solar panels are installed on a large scale, the ever increasing prices of electricity production and supply will not decrease.