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Solar Energy Advantages and Disadvantages

Why solar is important

Why solar energy is important to New Zealand

If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering buying solar panels for your home or business location. Good for you. Solar energy is the future. The sun’s energy reserves are not expected to burn out for another 5 billion years, so we don’t need to worry about renewable energy for a few generations more. New Zealanders are keen supporters of environmental sustainability.

Residents of Wanaka and Queenstown, where the majority of Wanaka Solar’s clients live, are passionate about maintaining a pristine environment for locals and visitors. New Zealand is a special place and almost everyone will agree that the environment is our most valuable asset. Without a green, clean country our economy and health will suffer.

Investing in Solar panels for your home is a fantastic way of not only saving money but of saving the planet. Let’s take a look at the benefits of solar panels and solar energy. We’ll also examine the reasons you might not want to use solar energy

Advantages of solar power

Some good reasons to invest in solar

1. Saves Money
Solar power saves you money. The sun’s energy is free to use. But we need technology to harness the energy so that we can supply our homes with power. Fortunately, solar technology has come a long way and solar PV cells are a fraction of the costs they were a decade ago (when they were out of reach for most homeowners). The initial investment in solar panels is soon outweighed by the huge costs savings month-to-month as homeowners no longer need to pay for electricity. Water, lights, heating, and even cars (electric or hybrid-based) can all be powered by the energy supplied by solar panels.

2. Saves The Environment
One of the most important advantages is that by using solar as a primary energy source (or even a secondary source to electricity lines) we cause less damage to the environment. Whenever we use electricity from traditional sources, such as coal, wood and nuclear plants, we contribute to global warming, pollution, the general destruction of the planet. The resources that we currently depend on are not infinite. Neither is the energy of the sun, but it will outlast the other resources by a long, long way. The sun’s energy is what we call clean energy. It’s a source of power that does not pollute, contaminate, or change the environment negatively.

3. Helps The Economy
Switching to solar energy can also help the economy by reducing the need for fossil fuels from overseas. New Zealand is a net importer of energy. Per capita, NZ is also a high consumer of energy. With solar energy, comes less reliance on imports and this helps boost the country’s economy.

4. Makes You Money
By using solar panels, your property’s value will increase as it becomes a more sustainable energy source. Once the cost of buying and installing the panels has been taken care of, your home is more attractive to buyers thanks to its energy self-sufficieny. As energy costs increase worldwide this self-sufficiency becomes ever more important.

5. Low Maintenance
With no moving parts or complicated delivery systems, solar panels need only a small amount of maintenance every year (minimal cleaning). Without moving parts, solar panels do not contribute to noise pollution in the environment or home.

Disadvantages of solar power

Why you might be having second thoughts

1. Higher Initial Investment
The higher start-up costs for installation and materials can deter people. The return on investment on solar can take some time. Although solar panel technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, the materials are still relatively expensive. Correct installation by experienced experts in solar installation is necessary for maximum efficiency and this also adds to the expense.

2. Affected By Climate
Despite the fact that solar cells can produce energy even on cloudy days, the effects are reduced when the sun’s rays are weaker. The sunnier the climate, the better the cells function. Solar power does not work as efficiently in very cloudy, dark climates.

3. Space Requirements
Solar panels take up a lot of space and change the appearance of your property. For some people, this is not acceptable. However, in many cases, the positioning of the panels and the materials used can make a big difference. Trained solar installation professionals can help minimise the impact and maximise the efficiency of cells on your property.

4. No 24-Hour Production
Solar energy cannot be produced at night so most homes need batteries to save excess energy produced during the day to use at night. Obviously, this is a limited supply so homes and businesses that have large energy requirements at night will need more panels or bigger batteries.

Pros and Cons of Solar Panels Summary

The decision to use solar power in your home or business is a very important one. One of the main factors is the cost. In the short-term, the price of solar panels and the costs of installation can deter many people. In the long-term, the benefits can be huge. Solar panels last for 30 years in many cases and by that stage, they will have long paid for themselves and saved you thousands, if not millions of dollars. The sun’s energy is free, clean, and plentiful. It’s only right that we should harness this power for the benefit of everyone.

Summary

Summing up the pros & cons of solar power

The decision to use solar power in your home or business is a very important one. One of the main factors is the cost. In the short-term, the price of solar panels and the costs of installation can deter many people. In the long-term, the benefits can be huge. Solar panels last for 30 years in many cases and by that stage, they will have long paid for themselves and saved you thousands, if not millions of dollars. The sun’s energy is free, clean, and plentiful. It’s only right that we should harness this power for the benefit of everyone.

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