Solar Energy Simplified
The Pros and Cons of Solar Energy
Solar energy is one of the best forms of renewable energy. But why don’t
we rely on it so much compared to other countries? The answer is simply
that there are pros and cons with using this form of alternative energy.
The pros of using solar energy is that the system is easy to install, there are
no energy costs once it is set up, there are no emissions like air pollutants
or greenhouse gas and the sun is widely available.
A solar energy system is composed of the solar panels, the inverter,
battery, charge controller, wires and support structure. For you to produce a
kilowatt of power, you will need 10 to 12 solar panels that will occupy an
area of 100 square feet. If you are worried that this will cause damage to
your roof, don’t because it is made of light weight materials.
When you call a contractor, it will usually take a day or two to install and
cost around $10,000. Not that many people will have cash on hand to pay
for it so they can avail of a home equity loan to pay for it.
If you use a kilowatt of solar energy, you can save 170 lbs. of coal from
being burned, about 300lbs of carbon dioxide from being released into the
atmosphere or 105 gallons of water that most homeowners use up every