Disadvantages Of Solar Energy
There are many more advantages than disadvantages of solar energy, yet this article will cover the disadvantages of using solar energy to generate electricity.
Alternatively, you can take a look at some of the many advantages of solar power on our additional dedicated page surrounding this topic.
We hope the information below will be of great use to you in understanding some of the implications which solar energy can place upon us.
- One of the main disadvantages is the initial cost of the equipment used to harness the suns energy. Solar energy technologies still remain a costly alternative to the use of readily available fossil fuel technologies. As the price of solar panels decreases, we are likely to see an increase in the use of solar cells to generate electricity.
- A solar energy installation requires a large area for the system to be efficient in providing a source of electricity. This may be a disadvantage in areas where space is short, or expensive (such as inner cities).
- Pollution can be a disadvantage to solar panels, as pollution can degrade the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. Clouds also provide the same effect, as they can reduce the energy of the suns rays. This certain disadvantage is more of an issue with older solar components, as newer designs integrate technologies to overcome the worst of these effects.
- Solar energy is only useful when the sun is shining. During the night, your expensive solar equipment will be useless, however the use of solar battery chargers can help to reduce the effects of this disadvantage.
- The location of solar panels can affect performance, due to possible obstructions from the surrounding buildings or landscape.
So there we have the main disadvantages of using solar energy to generate electricity for our homes and businesses.
Although the negative points above may put the majority of people off, the advantages can be greater incentive over the above points.
Using solar energy to generate electricity is one of the greatest achievements by mankind, and is set for even greater things in the future.