The epileptic power supply in Nigeria is really frustrating. The constant power outages or outrageous bills are one of many reasons to go solar. Solar energy is arguably the cleanest, most reliable form of renewable energy available and can be used in several forms to help power your home and business. Though there is an assumption that solar energy is the most expensive alternate power supply, solar energy is limitless, eco-friendly and noiseless; this makes it a very viable alternative power supply.
Here we will discuss the pros and cons of solar powering:
Advantages of Solar Energy
1. Low Electricity Bills: Your energy bills will drop when you solar power your home or meet your energy needs with the electricity your solar energy panel has generated. But how much you save depends on the size of the solar panel or your electricity and heat usage. On the long run, you are able to set aside so many savings.
2. Renewable Energy Source: Solar energy is not only sustainable, it is a natural source of power to generate electricity. It is always available and accessible as long as we have sun every day, unlike some of the other sources of power. Once you have paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced, since sunlight is free.
3. Low Maintenance Costs: Solar panels need little maintenance. Only annual maintenance is required to ensure they are in working order and working at maximum efficiency. You just need to keep them relatively clean, maintain the cables, which require very little spending on maintenance and repair work.
4. They are noiseless: Unlike generators, solar powering your home affords you the luxury of absolute noiselessness. They are silent producers of energy. There is no noise made from photovoltaic panels as they convert sunlight into usable energy.
5. Technology advancements: There are constant advancements and improvements in the solar power industry, which in the future potentially increases the effectiveness of the solar panels. Lowering the cost of production, thus making it more cost-effective.
Disadvantages of Solar Energy.
1. Cost: Price is one of the reasons many don’t opt for solar powering. The initial cost of purchasing a solar panel and installation is very high. With a recent adoption in the solar panel system, there are payment schemes buyers can adapt to cover upfront costs. Solar technologies are advancing and in the nearest future, the high price of purchasing a solar panel will come down.
2. Weather Dependent : During rainy days, solar energy can still be collected, but the efficiency drops. Solar energy is very much dependent on sunlight to generate electricity effectively. So during those rainy days, the weather condition will have an effect on the energy system.
3. Uses a lot of Space: You will need more solar panels to produce more electricity as you would want to collect enough sunlight, and this depends on your energy usage a day. Solar panels require a lot of space and some roofs are not big enough to fit in the number of solar panels you want to meet your energy needs.
4. Pollution : Solar energy still remains the more eco-friendly alternative source of power. The pollution associated with it is less when compared to other sources of power. The transportation and installation of solar systems are associated with the emission of greenhouse gases. Some toxic materials and hazardous products is known to be used in the manufacturing process of photovoltaic, which indirectly affects the environment.