The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

More and more people are switching or are considering switching, to solar energy. It makes sense then to stop and weigh up the pros and cons of solar energy before jumping straight in.

There are environmental, as well as individual pros of switching from a conventional power supply to a solar energy supply. Firstly the environmental pros are based around the effects on the earth. We are currently using up a vast amount of the earth’s natural resources as we live and run our lives. We depend heavily on the non-renewable fossil fuels that the earth has taken her lifetime to deposit. Clearly, we will not be able to replenish those resources. As the pros and cons of solar energy stack up, this fact has to be seen as a huge pro in shifting towards using solar energy.

This is because solar energy is sourced from the sun, which is a renewable source. The sun is a powerful star in our solar system and the estimated life span of the sun is in the billions of years, whereas our fossil fuel reserves have an approximate depletion date of seventy years.

If they were not compelling enough reasons alone, then looking at the individual pros and cons of solar energy are in themselves, very compelling. For instance, though there is the initial cost of buying and installing a solar energy system, the savings that one can make using solar power are phenomenal. Depending on how much power your home uses, there can be no fuel bill to pay, or a very small amount to pay to your power company. Furthermore, if you generate more power than you use, the power company will pay you for the energy you supply back to them.

With such good news regarding solar energy, it is easy to think that it is all pros. However, when weighing up the pros and cons of solar energy it is important to mention the downsides of this source of energy. There needs to be a big enough area for the solar panels to be installed so that there can be enough energy generated. Plus there is also the fact that pollution and bad weather will affect the level of energy generated. Added to the fact that there will obviously be no energy being produced at night, so some kind of backup power unit will be needed.

Clearly then there are points that need to be taken into consideration when looking at solar energy. However, many of the cons can be mitigated and lessened with adequate planning and research into individual requirements.