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Are There Any Disadvantages of Solar Energy?

February 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 230

Solar Energy has been one of the earliest sources of renewable energy, it has also been one of the most popular renewable energy sources. However, just like any other thing in life, solar energy does have its disadvantages. This article will discuss some of the disadvantages of solar energy.

One of the most distinct disadvantages of solar power is that the technology just does not exist, or is not efficient enough; to supply energy on a large scale. Solar panels are limited to the amount of energy output they can produce, even to your home. In order to supply the energy needed for hundreds and thousands of homes an businesses, there would need to be huge solar panels to meet the demands. This is also true for domestic solar energy. Sometimes the energy output is not enough to meet demand.

Another major problem is the initial setup costs. Many people are put of by the high investment needed to buy and install the panels. Furthermore, there can be many years before the savings on electricity offset the initial investment. This is fine if you are planning on staying in your home for years to come, but the payback period needs to be carefully considered before purchasing a solar energy system.

Many people who want to install solar panels for their home overestimate the amount of energy that solar panels can produce. Furthermore, energy will still be needed by the home, particularly when the sun doesn't shine such as night time. Many people expect too much too soon. Installing a solar panel will not mean you will go completely off-grid. There will always be occasions when you will need regular power or times when the solar panel will not produce the amount of energy needed to meet demand.

Solar energy is not the alternative energy source everybody is raving about. It has its place in the alternative energy world, but is does has its advantages as well as disadvantages. If you are purchasing a solar panel for domestic energy you need to consider how long you want for the investment to pay off, this is known as the 'payback period". You will also need to consider what you want from your Solar Panel. Do you want to reduce your monthly or yearly electricity bill? Or go completely off grid and even sell back unused electricity? The latter is possible, but it would require a larger up front investment and a longer payback period.

One thing to take into consideration is combining renewable energy sources. Combining wind and solar energy produces more energy for your needs. You may also want to consider some other alternative energy sources, such as underground or geothermal energy.

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