Feb 07

Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages Explained


Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages Explained

Solar power advantages and disadvantages can help to explain why it is not a more common power source in our society. Let us begin to explain why it isn’t more of a mainstream energy source today than we would like it to be.

For starters, the initial costs are expensive, however, Solar Power Prices Are Falling Quickly, and expected to be less expensive than the grid by 2015 in certain locations. Another point to consider as to why solar is not more mainstream yet is that Fossil Fuel Subsidies are six times more than renewable energy, at the least. If all tax breaks and other aid is included in calculating fossil fuel subsidies, that figure is even higher! One good thing to note here, in 2010 the US had a 186% increase from 2007 in US renewable energy subsidies . Even after the Solyndra failure, Obama Stands by Renewable Energy Aid, which shows he is doing what he can to help the environment amidst an increasingly arrogant and anti-environment right wing movement.

US Energy Subsidies

US Energy Subsidies


US energy subs

Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages


  • The suns energy is a completely renewable, sustainable resource. It will not go away any time soon, and will last for another few billion years, barring any major catastrophic event.
  • Solar cells are quiet and make absolutely no noise pollution at all. They do not make a single sound while extracting the useful energy from the sun. On the other hand, the giant oil extraction machines utilized for pumping oil are extremely noisy and therefore very impractical in regards to noise pollution, not to mention an eyesore and an oil spill waiting to happen.
  • Solar energy creates no pollution whatsoever. This is perhaps the most important advantage that makes solar energy so much more practical than oil. Oil burning releases harmful greenhouses gases, carcinogens and carbon dioxide into our precious air, not to mention the fact that oil spills are a common occurrence, and are also very damaging to the environment and even more harmful to the animal wildlife.
  • Very little maintenance is required to keep solar cells running. There are no moving parts in a solar cell, which makes it impossible to really hurt them. Solar cells tend to last a good long time with only an annual cleaning to worry about.
  • Solar panels and solar lighting may seem quite expensive when you make your initial purchase, however, the ROI (Return on Investment) over time can be quite substantial, and save you a great deal of money over a period of time because it does not cost us anything to harness the power of the sun. At this point, paying for oil is an expensive prospect and the cost will continue to rise as supplies dwindle. Why pay for expensive energy when you can harness it freely?
  • Solar powered panels and products are typically extremely easy to install. Wires, cords and power sources are not needed at all, making this an easy alternative to deploy.
  • Solar technology, as with any other technology is consistently improving, as experts are gaining more insight into all of the benefits offered by this incredible technology. As our oil supplies decline, it is very important for us to turn to alternative sources of energy.

Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages


  • There is no doubt that solar energy is abundant and free but the initial cost of installing a solar power system is the main disadvantage of solar energy. However this problem can be solved by going in for one of the many DIY solar power systems like this Grape Solar GS-5060-KIT Residential 5,060 Watt Grid-Tied Solar Power System Kit. If you have the determination and patience, with a small investment you can get immediate results and can also get the relief from high installation costs incurred when done by professionals.
  • Obviously the energy of the sun cannot be harnessed during a storm, on a cloudy day or at night. This limits how much power can be saved for future days. Some days you may still need to rely on oil to power your home.
  • Geographic locations and local climate patterns can either be an advantage or a disadvantage in terms of solar energy. The overall efficiency of the solar panels are entirely dependent upon the amount of sunlight they receive. If you live in a location where sunlight hours are limited due to cloudiness, storms, or the amount of daylight hours, you won’t be able to generate enough power and your solar panels efficiency will suffer greatly. Solar panels can’t withstand large hail storms, so areas that get hail frequently won’t be good for solar power generation. I would see the hail as more of a temporary thing, as new technologies are emerging in solar power generation that I am sure will overcome this obstacle eventually.
  • Another disadvantage of Solar energy is that it generates electricity only during the day time, which si a big disadvantage, and cannot be overcome by technology. Obviously there is no sunlight at nighttime, so in other words there will be no generation of electricity during night hours, however with a battery backup system and/or net metering we can overcome this problem. New technologies are emerging in this area of storage as well, and won’t be such a big issue further down the road.
  • Air Pollution can also be a problem when it comes to generating solar energy. The more pollution or dust that gets on solar panels, the less productive it becomes, so your Solar panels will need to be cleaned off periodically, with your location and conditions determining the intervals to keep a solar energy system operating at its maximum efficiency levels. Rainwater can also affect the solar panels efficiency, as the rainwater is becoming more dirty these days.
  • Solar Film

    Solar Film

  • While your location is important in the amount of productivity you will obtain from solar panels is key, another important fact to note is that you will also need plenty of room to install your solar system. Technologies are emerging in this field that has promising possibilities, like Sun Believable Solar Paint and flexible solar films which will make this issue a non-factor for future concerns.

Solar Diagram

Solar Diagram

Moving forward, we see that harnessing the free energy from the sun is a viable alternative for many due to the fact that electricity costs will continue to rise, as will the consequences for us being dependent on fossil fuels in terms of economic and climate change. The List of Worst Storms keeps expanding each year as does the costs associated with them. Another factor to consider in our dependence on fossil fuels is that rising oil and gas prices will continue as we reach peak oil. Another factor to consider is energy security, as solar energy will decrease our dependence on foreign oil, much of which comes from the highly unstable Middle East, which can also dictate the price of oil and is responsible for many, many oil price spikes due to Middle East Political Turmoil, not to even mention Iran and their threats. Whether we like it or not, oil and gas prices play an important role in our everyday lives and big spikes in those prices are a Key Risk to the US economy, not to mention the worlds.

With that, we will leave it up to you to determine the solar power advantages and disadvantages, and whether it is a viable alternative for you. As for the world, at least a good portion of it, we believe it is, and look forward to more development of alternative energy resources. Peace my friends!


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