The Advantages of Solar Power
Weighing up Solar Energy: The Pros and Cons? Solar energy originates from the radiation of the sun – one of the most powerful sources of energy. Did you also know that the energy the sun supplies to the Earth for an hour could satisfy the global energy requirements for about a year? Even so, we can only use 0.001 percent of this energy.
Solar power is one of the most promising sources of energy, however, it’s widespread adoption is has been somewhat limited due to being criticised as being expensive with poor photovoltaic efficiency. However, despite these limitations, solar energy has proven to beneficial for the environment, being emission-free. Many homeowners have adopted solar energy to save on electricity bills. This increased demand has allowed technology to adapt and improve, making it a substantially clean energy source. Find out more about Solar Energy: The Pros and Cons below.
Advantages of Solar Energy
- Good for the Environment – Solar energy is a renewable energy source which means it ultimately benefits the environment, and unlike gas and coal, which are fossil fuels, solar energy will always be abundant in supply. Solar energy does not direct omit greenhouse gasses because electricity is produced from sunlight instead of coal and gas. Solar energy can be harnessed by installing solar panels. After you have installed solar panels on your roof, sunlight is converted cleanly and quietly into electricity.
- Renewable Energy Source – Now the most important thing about all the benefits of solar panels is that solar energy is a genuine and renewable source of energy. It can be used in every corner of the world and it is available daily – in abundance. Unlike some other energy sources, we can not run out of solar energy. Solar energy will be available just as long as we have the sun, as it is derived from the sun’s radiation.
- Make your property more attractive – Solar power is in great demand with one in four homes in the Queensland region occupying solar panels. When you choose to sell or rent your home or office, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system is an attractive feature appreciated by the market, meaning it can add value to your home.
- Reduces Electricity Bills – Now since you fulfil some of your energy needs with the electricity generated by your solar system, your electricity bills could drop. How much you save on your electricity bill depends entirely on the size of the solar power system and the amount of electricity or heat you use. In addition, you will not only save on your electricity bills. If you generate more electric power than you use, the excess will be transferred to the grid and you will receive payouts for that amount (taking into consideration that your solar panel system is connected to the grid). Savings will continue to increase if you sell excess power at high rates during the day and then purchase electricity from the grid during the night at lower rates.
- Low Maintenance – Solar PV systems connected to the grid have very low maintenance levels. Solar panels should last for about 25 years with occasional cleaning and a regular health check by a licensed electric contractor. The inverter must probably be replaced at least once at that time.
- Diverse Applications – Solar power can be used for a variety of purposes. Power or heat can be produced, dependent upon your needs. Solar power energy can also be used to generate electricity in areas without grid access, to distill water in areas with a minimal supply of clean water and to power satellites. Solar Power energy also can be incorporated into building materials. Sharp has recently unveiled transparent solar power windows.
- Government Programs – Through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme the Australian Government offers financial incentives, where you are given a tradable certificates for eligible solar PV systems. The regional feed-in tariff of the Queensland Government pays eligible consumers for electricity produced and exported from their solar PV system to the grid.
- Technology Development – Solar power energy technology is continuously progressing and even improvements will intensify in the near future. Breakthroughs in quantum physics and nanotechnology may significantly boost the efficiency of solar panels and the electrical input of solar power systems can double or even triple.