Solar Energy Pros and Cons: Is It Worth It?

The best way to know how to help the environment is to be knowledgeable of the resources available to you. You have probably heard different things about solar energy, so here is a list of pros and cons for you to consider.

Pros of Solar Energy

1. Renewable and Sustainable

Solar energy is renewable, meaning that there is constantly more energy being created and we cannot run out of it. This is unlike fossil fuels and coal, which takes much longer to form. Solar energy comes every single day. It is also sustainable, so we will never use so much that future generations will not have enough.

2. Reduces Electric Bills

Adding solar panels to your home will reduce your electricity bills since you will be generating your own energy and not paying for the city’s energy. How much you save will depend on how much energy you consume. If you generate more energy than you consume, you can also sell that energy and make some money off of it. In the long run, solar energy saves you money.

3. Low Maintenance

Once the solar panels are installed, there is very little maintenance needed for them. Most companies offer a warranty, but there are no moving parts to create wear and tear. The inverter will need to be changed after 5–10 years because it is constantly converting solar energy into electricity or hear. Other than that, a biannual cleaning is all that is necessary.

4. Silent

Once again, there are no moving parts on solar panels. This makes them silent, so you may forget that you have them until you see your electric bill. This is unlike other methods of sustainable energy, like wind turbines, which have received complaints about the noise they create.

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Cons of Solar Energy

1. Expensive

There is some debate whether solar energy is expensive because it saves money in the long run. This only refers to the initial purchase and installation of solar panels. Fortunately, state and federal governments offer rebates and tax credits to those who invest in solar panels.

2. Dependent on Weather

Obviously, solar panels need sunlight to generate energy. This means that your panels will not generate energy at night. Solar energy can be gathered during cloudy days, but the amount will be drastically reduced compared to a sunny, cloudless day. Living in an area that has more cloud cover will generate less energy than places that have more sunny days.  

3. Requires a Large Space

If you want to gather a large amount of solar energy, you need more space for more panels. Some homes do not have space on their roofs needed for the number of panels the owner wants. You can put them in your yard instead, but remember that need access to sunlight. They should not be in any shade. You can also go with fewer panels if you do not have space and at least satisfy some of your energy needs.

4. Associated with Pollution

Though the process of generating electricity from solar energy does not produce any pollution, it is not entirely green. Some of the manufacturing of solar panels produces emissions. The transport and installation can also indirectly cause emissions.

Is It Worth It?

It depends on your circumstances if solar energy is right for you right now, but it is one of the best options available. Though this process of creating electricity is not entirely green, it greatly reduces the pollution generated compared to other resources.

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Lacey Jolley

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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