A solar energy system converts sunlight into electricity. The resulting electricity is then converted into AC power by an inverter so you can use it in your own home or if you have an excess, run it back into the National Grid and get paid for it.
What are the disadvantages and advantages of solar energy?
Solar energy can reduce your energy bills, increase the value of your property, sell back electricity, protect you against rising energy costs, and reduce your carbon emissions.
On the flip side, it may not be a suggested investment if you’re about to move, it gives lower returns on investment if you have a small electricity bill, up-front costs can be high, and finding the proper installation company can be difficult.
What are the benefits of solar energy
Solar energy is one of the best alternatives in isolated areas where there is no electricity grid, compared to other alternatives such as diesel or fuel oil generators.
Reduce your carbon footprint.
The burning of fossil fuels is contributing to global warming and climate change, and are pollute our air with emissions that can be bad for our health. Renewable energy is low – or zero-carbon and doesn’t emit any dangerous gases into the environment.
By using solar energy, you could significantly reduce your carbon footprint and help to prevent our world from heating up any further.
Negatives to Solar Energy
High cost of ownership
The solar panels that are required to take advantage of solar energy have a high cost of acquisition. Although considering their useful life being greater than 25 years the cost is extremely reasonable and competitive.
While solar panels can produce electricity even on cloudy days, they can’t generate any power during the night, and the amount they produce may not always be enough. However, bear in mind that in most cases, these panels are designed to be used as a supplement to mains power.