Solar Energy is increasingly becoming popular choice for homeowners to lower their electric cost.Despite the fact that solar helps you save, there’s always two sides to the story. So, what are solar energy pros and cons?
Solar Energy- Pros
Renewable Energy Source:
Unlike non-renewable energy sources we can never run out of solar energy. We can reap the benefits of solar energy as long as the sun is alive (for next 6.5 billion years as per NASA).
Earth receives 120,000 terawatts of sunlight which is 20,000 times more power than the entire world’s energy needs. Needless to say, solar energy is abundantly available to us to satisfy our daily energy needs.
Sustainable energy means that it cannot only satisfy the needs of present generation but also the future ones.Solar energy is sustainable because it helps to fulfill all our needs and also take care energy needs of future generations.
Eco-friendly Energy Source:
Solar energy doesn’t cause any pollution. There are some emissions due to the manufacturing and transportation, but it is much less when compared to conventional energy sources. Moreover, solar energy can fulfill all our energy needs and reduces our dependence on non-renewable energy sources. This helps in maintaining ecological balances and by making the switch you can do your part to fight global warming.
Low Electricity Costs:
Solar is becoming available in more states every year, and in many states is significantly cheaper than buying power from the grid. Leasing and financing options are making the switch to solar easy and affordable.
Intermittent Energy Source:
Unfortunately solar panels cannot produce energy without sunlight. We harness the power of the sun during the day, but in bad weather or at night we can’t generate enough solar power to meet our needs. Net metering programs give you the benefit of cheaper solar power with the reliability of electricity from the utility company that you are used to.
Storage Of Solar Power Is Expensive:
Although solar energy can be stored using batteries these technologies are relatively expensive. Fortunately, there`s a good coordination between the energy demand and availability of solar energy. The utility will give you credit for the extra electricity you produce during the day to use later so you don’t need any physical storage.
Not every home will qualify for solar. In fact, only about 20% of homes in NY State will qualify for solar due to shading, roof space, or roof condition.