There is no doubt that the sun is our strongest source of energy. Although we can only capture a percentage of this energy, making full use of it by using solar panels and solar energy can make a major difference for the world.
Thanks to solar panel funds, as well as increasingly competitive market costs, the major source of energy for expanding households has become solar electricity. In the last few years, the technology has developed dramatically, complemented by the storage of solar batteries, making solar an effective clean power source.
However, no matter what energy source you choose to analyze, there are always drawbacks. This article will discuss some of the pros and cons of solar panel use for the home.
1. Lower electricity bills
As the electricity your solar system generates meets the energy needs of the home, your energy charges will decrease. The amount you save on your bill depends on the size and consumption of the solar system.
For instance, if you are a large household that has newly invested in solar energy for the house, this transition might have tremendous benefits because large parts of your energy expenditure are covered by the large system size of solar panels.
In addition, you not only save power but if you generate more electricity than you use, can also receive surplus energy payments that you export back to the grid via the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
2. Renewable energy source
One of the main advantages of solar panels is that solar energy is a renewable source of energy. It is available every day and can be used in every part of the planet. Unlike some other energy sources that are limited – we cannot run out of solar power.
Solar power is available as long as we have the sun. Hopefully, we will have sunlight for at least five billion years, until the estimation when scientists say the sun will die.
3. Low maintenance costs
Generally speaking, solar energy systems do not need much maintenance. You just need to keep them clean and cleansing them a few times a year is already sufficient enough. You can do this cleaning job yourself or you can always rely on specialists, who offer this service between £25-£35.
The most dependable manufacturers of solar panels give a guarantee of 20-25 years. There is no wear and tear because there are no moving parts. The inverter is normally the only item to be changed every 5-10 years, as solar energy in electricity and heat has been converted constantly (solar PV vs. solar thermal). Besides the inverter, the cables must also be maintained in order to guarantee the greatest effectiveness of your solar power system.
With solar panels, you can expect relatively low maintenance and repair work expenses after covering the initial solar system costs.
1. They are weather dependent
While the effectiveness of the solar system still decreases during overcast and rainy days. Solar panels rely on sunlight to collect solar energy effectively. There can therefore be a visible effect on the energy system during some foggy, wet days. Also, remember that solar energy is not being captured at night.
On the other hand, thermodynamic panels are an alternative if you also need your water heating solution for the night or in the winter.
2. Expensive storage
Solar power must be used or stored in huge batteries immediately. These batteries may be charged throughout the day, and the energy consumed at night is employed in off-grid solar systems. This is a good solution for the whole day, but also fairly expensive, use of solar energy.
In most circumstances, it is more intelligent just to use solar power and use energy at night (you can only do this if your system is connected to the grid). Fortunately, you normally require more energy throughout the day, allowing you to satisfy most of it with solar energy.
3. Uses a lot of space
The more power you wish to produce, the more solar panels you need to collect the maximum amount of solar light. Depending on the types of solar panels you buy, most of them demand a lot of room, and unfortunately some roofs are not large enough to accommodate the number of solar panels that are needed for sufficient energy production.
Some panels can be installed in the yard but these must be in a place where sunlight will hit. If you have no room for all the panels you desire, you can still install fewer panels to meet a certain energy requirement.
This disadvantage also means that you would not be able to run your whole power system off solar energy. You would need to also be connected to the grid which means still paying electricity bills. However, in most cases, people that are able to purchase and maintain solar panels usually have houses that are big enough to hold solar panels on the roof.