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Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Power

Posted by SEPCO

8/18/11 9:30 AM

Solar Power Station

There has been a lot of debate online about the advantages and disadvantages of solar. Whether you are using it to power a large application, run lighting, or heating water, there is always pros and cons to the situation.

Advantages include:

  • Solar is green. It produces no greenhouse gases and is completely renewable and will never run out.
  • No trenching is needed since the solar can be close to or at the place where it is needed most. 
  • Solar is low maintenance. Once installed it pretty much takes care of itself.
  • If grid tied, you can sell the excess power you generate back to the power company. If it is not grid intertied, you can do something few people can do and disconnect the power lines to your house.

Disadvantages include:

  • High upfront cost associated with purchasing the panels and installation of the system. Over time the system will pay for itself, but the initial sticker shock deters a lot of people from taking the first step.
  • Unless you have battery storage, the solar power produced during the day will not be available after the sun goes down. The solar hot water is still stored in a tank for night usage.
  • Space usage can also be an issue for some people as the square footage needed to produce enough power can be quite large, but then again what else do people use their roof for.

Solar power is worth looking into whether the project is large or small. Every little thing done to help the earth go green is one step forward to independence from non-renewable sources. What ways are you working towards you own energy independence?

Topics: Solar Power

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