Solar energy has been around for sometime, but is slowly becoming more popular in homes around the globe—even right here in Central Iowa. Solar energy is popular to people who believe in the green living plan or who want to cut down electricity costs in their home. Below is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy for your home. When making a decision on the type of energy resources to use in your home, being informed on your choices is the first step. Modern Mechanical is here to provide you the resources to decide what is best for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to give us a call to learn more: 515-635-5525.

Advantages

  1. Solar energy is a sustainable energy source. Which means it is limitless, it cannot run out.
  2.  Solar energy is environmentally friendly. The harnessing of solar energy does not commonly cause pollution.
  3. Solar energy is accessible anywhere. You don’t need to live by the equator to have enough sunlight to light your home.
  4. Solar energy can reduce electricity cost. There is a new tariff called the feed-in tariff, which states if you produce more energy than you consume you may be subject to receive credit on your electricity bill.
  5. Solar energy is silent. There are no moving parts involved in solar energy, so no noise is associated.
  6. Solar energy is low maintenance. It only requires cleaning a couple times a year.
  7. Solar energy is constantly having technology improvements made.  The industry is ever growing and improving.

Disadvantages 

  1. Solar energy is expensive due to its incentive to be competitive. It is also expensive to make the solar panels and most homes or businesses need multiple to make enough energy to power their space.
  2. Solar energy is intermittent. You need to have enough access to sunlight to produce the energy you need for your home or business.
  3. Solar energy storage is expensive. When you produce more energy than needed or want to transfer energy to a battery it can become costly.
  4. Solar energy requires exotic materials to be made. These materials are rare and costly.
  5. Solar energy requires space. You need to be able to derive and hold enough power in the space that you have. Low power density means an increase in power prices.