Solar Panels-1Solar energy is one of the most common types of alternative energy that is offered. Yet there are some disadvantages of it too that you need to be aware of. This will allow you to weight both sides of it and to make a well informed decision about it.

Cost

The initial investment of getting the solar panels installed can be a problem for many home or business owners. Buying a home or commercial property that already has them in place can significantly increase the cost of the property. Many people that want to use solar energy simply don’t have the funds to make it happen. A personal loan may be an option, but it isn’t always good idea to use credit to pay for such an upgrade.

Installation Areas

A major hurdle may be the installation areas available on your property for the solar panels and collectors. If you have a small home, then you may not be able to collect as much solar energy as you would really like to. However, there is new technology that allows them to be placed on the porch and other surrounding areas rather than being limited to just the roof. For a business, there is usually a larger area to work with but that isn’t always the case.

Quality

The hype and promotion for solar energy means that there are some entities out there taking advantage of people. They aren’t really offering quality when it comes to the materials they use or the methods for installation. In fact, some of them aren’t even certified to be doing such work to create solar energy but they do it anyway. There are also do it yourself kits that can be more complex than you initially thought.

If the overall quality of the product is lacking or installation isn’t done successfully, the solar energy won’t be what it could have been. Even with high efficiency, not all of the energy from the sun that reaches the collector cells is able to be used. Even with the best methods in place, it is typically not going to be more than 60%.

Issues with Materials

The majority of the materials that solar panels are made from is polysilicon. Due to the increase of solar energy use, there is now a shortage of this material to be used for other projects. What many people don’t know is that this material, along with mercury and lead can cause pollution.

Inconsistency

There is no way to control the amount of solar energy that is created. The inconsistency can make it tough to determine the return on the investment. During certain times of the year, there could be too much cloud cover to offer enough solar energy to go completely off the grid. It is a good idea to find out how many average days of sunshine you get in your area to see if this type of alternative energy is worth pursuing.

Living off the grid some of the time and relying on the electric company the rest of the time can be expensive. This is because the cost of electricity continues to increase. So if you owe money on the installation of the solar panels plus you pay a monthly bill to the electric company, you may be shelling out more per month than you were being 100% on the grid.

Incentives are Hard to Qualify For

It can be frustrating when you hear about incentives offered such a tax credits and grants for the use of solar energy. Then when you pursue them you find that you have pitfalls at every corner. There are such programs in place, but they often have very strict guidelines so only a limited number of homeowners or business owners will actually qualify for them.

Even though there are a few disadvantages of using solar energy, everyone will benefit from reducing the carbon footprint at the end. Hopefully there will be a better and cleaner environment for future generations to live in.

 

 

 

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