Solar panels have created a noise in the market since it was introduced to the public. There is no question about this as it can be used in different ways while at the same time reducing energy bills in a very sustainable way.
From building houses to roof replacement, solar energy is now widely utilized. Thanks to the producers that make solar panels widely available at a fair price that now, most buildings, both residential and commercial are having sustainable energy and decreased utility bills.
Although solar panels are certainly beneficial to use, there are things you need to know about them that may inconvenience you. Opting for solar energy also has challenges, and these are the things that we will be sharing with you today.
Cons of Solar Energy
- It is dependent on the weather – because it relies on the sun for power, there are certain times that its ability to produce energy would drop, depending on how prominent the sun is in the sky. Of course, you can still gather light and produce energy during cloudy days, but it would not be as efficient as when it is a sunny day. Moreover, you cannot completely produce energy during nighttime. The good thing is thermodynamic panels are available as a solution.
- It can be a little costly – installing a solar panel may entail higher costs compared to the traditional energy system. The initial cost of solar panel purchase can be costly besides other things like wiring, batteries, inverter, and installation costs. However, take note that solar panels are still in the process of being developed, so there is a chance that they would be less expensive in the future.
- It needs space – one panel is not adequate to sustain a house for energy consumption, although this can be relative depending on how much electricity you may need. The more energy you need, the more panels you need to install and the more space they occupy.
- They are linked to pollution activities – while this may sound counterintuitive, but solar panels are known to be contributors to pollution despite their popularity on being sustainable. Why is it so? Solar panels requirements when it comes to transportation and installation include those that pollute the enjoyment. Moreover, the manufacturing process of the photovoltaic system also produces toxic materials.
- Storage can be expensive (again) – purchase, installation, and the whole process included in the installation of solar panels can be costly. But here is another thing you need to know. Storing panels can also be expensive too. Solar energy, once produced, needs to be used in the building. If not, they need to be stored through large batteries. The more energy you want to store, the bigger the battery you will need. Unfortunately, batteries are expensive too in addition to the other materials needed.
Although solar energy is linked to many inconveniences such as what we mentioned above, we cannot deny the benefits it gives to our lives. Comparatively, the traditional energy source is less efficient than solar energy despite the latter being associated with high costs of material purchase and system installation.