Solar panels are ever-growing in popularity, though not many people really understand the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy.
Many more people are making the switch over to solar energy, which is good. As a clean, green, renewable source of energy, solar panels are much more beneficial for the planet than fossil fuels. It is important, however, to understand both the advantages and disadvantages of harnessing solar energy.
In this article, we will go over both the advantages and disadvantages to give you a clearer picture of what solar panels will do for your home.
The Advantages Of Solar Energy
- Solar panels can help to dramatically lower your energy bills. This means that, although the Feed-In-Tariffs and green energy incentives have changed quite a bit, they are still a fantastic investment for your home.
- Solar PV systems harness energy from daylight, meaning that they work even when the sun isn’t shining bright. While they are more powerful when it is sunny, they will still produce energy when it is cloudy or overcast.
- You can do your bit to help the environment. Solar panels are much better for the environment than burning fossil fuels – and they are even the most efficient form of green energy!
- Solar PV systems require very little maintenance, especially in the UK. Just make sure that you get your panels from a reputable provider.
The Disadvantages Of Solar Energy
- Solar PV systems can be more expensive than systems designed to harness solar thermal energy. PV is a lot more beneficial for your home, however, than solar thermal systems.
- You need to make sure that you have enough roof space to hold your solar panel system. To ensure that you get the most out of your system, you are going to want to have as much solar panel span as possible. This will enable you to harness the most energy.
- These systems may not be ideal for your home or property if your roof does not face in a good direction. If you have a north or east facing roof, or one that is shaded by other buildings or tall trees, then it might not be worth getting a solar PV system.
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