Solar Energy (Pros & Cons)

  • Renewable Solar energy is renewable energy at its best, meaning that however much of it is used it will never run out. Non-renewable energy is running low and will run out.
  • Abundant The Earth’s solar energy potential is almost infinite with an estimated 20,000 times more power capacity than we will ever need.
  • Sustainable Solar energy involves zero emissions from burning fossil fuels. Need we say more?
  • High Up-Front Cost Solar is a great high-yield, low-risk investment, but it requires capital up-front. But solar financing has never been better!
  • Irregular Supply The sun doesn't shine 24 hours a day and no one can predict the availability of solar energy exactly. In other words, it’s not always there when we want it.
  • Requires Space Homes only have so much roof space and panels can't be stacked on top of each other.


Solar energy is clean, it’s abundant and its renewable energy and the U.S. have plentiful supplies of it. With current technology there are several ways available to tap this energy for both light and heat and for private and commercial use;

3 simple ways to harness solar energy:

1. Photovoltaic (PV), which converts the sun’s light to electricity directly...

2. Concentrating solar power (CSP), or thermal energy which uses the sun’s heat to provide energy to electric turbines which is dispersed to consumers.

3. Cooling and Heating systems, which use thermal energy to provide air conditioning and hot water.

Solar energy is distributed generation (DG), which means solar installations such as solar panels are fitted on roofs or in large groups at ground level near to the supply point for electricity. More advanced installations feed a central power facility which provides electricity across a wide area.


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