Did you know that the energy sun provides in an hour could meet the global energy needs for one year? Undoubtedly, the sun is a potent energy source. Even though we are not able to collect a fraction of solar energy, installing solar panels can make a significant difference to the planet. For a typical household, solar panels can save around 1 tonne of carbon dioxide (Co2) per year - which means one installation can save up to 25 tonnes of Co2 over its lifetime.
Solar energy has been widely criticised for being expensive or inefficient; solar power has proved to be highly beneficial - for the environment and the economy. In the last ten years, solar energy costs have declined to 85%, and this trend will not stop anytime soon. However, there are always some downsides, no matter the energy source you choose. This month, Solaris Tech will outline the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy that every property owner should consider before going solar.
Considering the pros of solar energy, it helps you lower your utility bills, raise your property value and even help reduce your carbon emissions. Let us look at the benefits of using solar energy in detail.
An average Australian has an annual energy consumption of around 3200-4100kWh, and a 4kWh solar panel system has an output of 3400 kWh - meaning that in perfect conditions, the solar panels can reduce up to 83% -106% of your energy needs.
Financially, this potential saving of $466 on your bills annually. Although, the actual amount you save depends on the following factors.
Solar panels come with a 25-30 years lifespan, and some reputable manufacturers offer product warranties of 10-25 years. Given the previous example, this means that over the lifespan of your solar panels, you could potentially save approximately $13,900. This is not at all a bad outcome!
Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source that can help reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions - lowering the impact on the natural environment. Unlike traditional fossil fuels like coal and oil, solar energy does not lead directly to pollutants (like carbon dioxide) being released into the atmosphere and water supply. Compared to nuclear energy, solar energy comes on the top in terms of being the most eco-friendly solution.
Another merit of solar panels is that they barely require maintenance once installed. The main thing you need to do is ensure that nothing is blocking your panels from getting sunlight. Make sure that the panels are not covered with dirt or debris. Before installing solar panels, make sure that the panels can soak in the sunlight. The only time there is a need for higher maintenance is during winter or snowfall.
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Although solar panels can offer some great benefits, there are also key drawbacks to be aware of. Take a look at some of the demerits of solar energy.
The initial cost of solar panel installation is fairly high. The installation costs include paying for the solar panels, inverter, and batteries. Nevertheless, solar technologies are constantly developing, so it is safe to assume that prices will go down in the future.
Solar panels work efficiently in sunny-cold temperatures. This temperature range can help you yield the maximum benefits of solar panel installation. Although solar panels still work during cloudy or rainy days but the efficiency of the solar system drops. Solar panels are dependent on sunlight to gather solar energy effectively. Depending on how thick the cloud cover is, you can witness at least a 10%-25% drop in energy output.
The more electricity you want to produce, the more panels you will need. Solar power systems require a lot of space, and some roofs are not big enough to fit the number of solar panels you would like. If you do not have the space for all the panels you want, you can install a few to still satisfy some of your energy needs.
Make the transition to solar energy today!
As promised, we have listed some pros and cons of solar energy, but if this article has sparked your interest, you can check our blog on solar panel maintenance and finding the right solar panel for your home.
While there are high upfronts and costs, going solar can be worth it for homeowners and eligible properties. Around 75% of Australians selected solar power as their top three preferred sources of energy. The demand for renewable forms of energy is on the rise.
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