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Facts About Solar Power - Pros And Cons

Aug 28, 2008
Solar power has its proponents and its critics. Each side tends to focus on specific aspects, but the truth really is somewhere between both views. Wise consumers educate themselves to the facts before deciding one way or the other. The following facts about solar power energy have been compiled in an effort to help you make the best, most educated decision possible.

Solar power is very convenient because there's no need for any fuel source besides the sunlight. No equipment or labor is necessary like there is with fossil fuels. It's easy to use the sun's energy because sunlight is easily obtained daily.

With every solar power system that is used, pollution is cut down, since solar power does not produce any emissions. The water supply is not polluted with waste nor is the soil contaminated with toxins. There is not another energy source that causes less damage to our planet.

Construction and routine maintenance are vital to solar power systems. Proper construction and maintenance combine to make certain that these systems will stand the test of time. It is only through long term use that the benefits of a solar power system out weigh the cost of initial investment, so it is vital to make certain that they will are built to last to see that return.

One of the most important facts about solar power is that the system must be very reliable and most are. When correctly installed, your solar system will enable you to run your home in the manner to which you are accustomed without having to rely on an outside power source.

Maintaining a solar power system is quite simplistic with costs being close to nothing. A lot of the materials will last tens of years without even having to be touched while other parts could need replacement within 25 year window. The panels themselves are generally guaranteed for 25 years at 80% efficiency.

One detail to know about solar power energy, is that it is relatively easy to operate and is a safe way to produce energy. There aren't any risks and requires no governmental supervision.

As with anything so exciting, solar power does have it's drawbacks. For example, there must be an investments that is often several thousand dollars in special equipment. You won't see a significant savings on utility bills for at least five years, if not ten years. This could explain why the average consumer relies on the local utility company, since many people don't have the money to invest in solar power.

The fact that cloudy days drain stored energy, and the requirement to conserve energy when its dark at night are considered to be drawbacks to solar energy. Setting yourself up properly to allow switching between solar power and traditional electric power negates this drawback, and one will still see savings on overall energy costs over time.

One must think of solar power as an investment towards the future. Although it may be expensive today, as green technology becomes more available and prices drop, then solar power will become more economical for many more people.
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