Solar Power-Advantages and Disadvantages

There are many advantages worth considering when it comes to solar energy and everything that it offers. There are many advantages that solar energy has over oil energy. Not only does solar energy benefit your pocketbook, but it also benefits the environment as well. However, there are two sides to everything, and there is a list of solar power disadvantages to accompany the list of advantages.

Advantage: Solar energy is a completely renewable resource. This means that even when we cannot make use of the sun’s power because of nighttime or cloudy and stormy days, we can always rely on the sun showing up the very next day as a constant and consistent power source.

Disadvantage: The Solar Cells and Solar Panels that are needed to harness solar energy tend to be very expensive when you first purchase them.

Advantage: Oil, which is what most people currently use to power their homes, is not a renewable resource. This means that as soon as the oil is gone, it is gone forever and we will no longer have power or energy.

Disadvantage: Solar power cannot be harnessed during a storm, on a cloudy day or at night. This limits how much power can be saved for future days. Some days you may still need to rely on oil to power your home.

Advantage: Solar cells make absolutely no noise at all. They do not make a single peep while extracting useful energy from the sun. On the other hand, the giant machines utilized for pumping oil are extremely noisy and therefore very impractical.

Advantage: Solar energy creates absolutely no pollution. This is perhaps the most important advantage that makes solar energy so much more practical than oil. Oil burning releases harmful greenhouses gases, carcinogens and carbon dioxide into our precious air.

Advantage: Very little maintenance is required to keep solar cells running. There are no moving parts in a solar cell, which makes it impossible to really hurt them. Solar cells tend to last a good long time with only an annual cleaning to worry about.

Advantage: Solar panels and solar lighting may seem quite expensive when you first purchase it, but in the long run you will find yourself saving quite a great deal of money. After all, it does not cost anything to harness the power of the sun. Unfortunately, paying for oil is an expensive prospect and the cost is still rising consistently. Why pay for expensive energy when you can harness it freely?

Advantage: Solar powered panels and products are typically extremely easy to install. Wires, cords and power sources are not needed at all, making this an easy prospect to employ.

Advantage: Solar power technology is improving consistently over time, as people begin to understand all of the benefits offered by this incredible technology. As our oil reserves decline, it is important for us to turn to alternative sources for energy.

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35 Responses to “Solar Power-Advantages and Disadvantages”

  1. alex on May 9th, 2008 5:41 pm

    Solar energy is the wave of the future! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator. I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

  2. Lu Lu on November 2nd, 2008 5:29 pm

    But, there must be more disadvantages?
    surely solar power cannot be perfect?

  3. Annie on April 6th, 2009 11:37 am

    Are there any more disadvantages listed, because I could list alot more.

  4. Annie on April 6th, 2009 11:38 am

    Great website. Just what I needed for my solar car project. Thank You

  5. commandercool on April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm

    thank you sooooooooo much, this is also helping me on my project

  6. Maria on May 6th, 2009 3:37 pm

    This is a good website, but I think more disadvantages can be included.

  7. JohnTaylor on June 11th, 2009 7:01 am

    Maria? Please do share some of those disadvantages that you think we missed? The comments are turned on so that people can discuss the subjects, so if you have something to share, please do tell us waht you have on your mind?

    LuLu, the only “disadvantages” have to do with storing the energy, which is quickly being addressed, now that people are taking alternative energy seriously. As far as I can tell, the biggest reason that alternative energy hasn’t gained more support in the past is that it’s not an ongoing money-maker for energy companies. Sure, they sell the equipment (to those who don’t do it themselves and can afford a huge profit up-front,) but then you’re getting free energy from nature for YEARS — energy that corporations can’t profit from and the government has no practical way to tax. Follow the money, and you’ll see why alternative energy sources have been squashed for so long.

  8. shifna on July 23rd, 2009 1:03 am

    Solar energy is future energy and it cost depend on size i f you buy a big one it cost more if you buy a middle or small it cost a bit.
    solar energy is better than the others because it help ful for people and it does’nt have a lot disadvanteges

    i found out

  9. Vikas on October 25th, 2009 10:02 am

    Good article.

  10. rasta on February 18th, 2010 6:33 pm

    you say you can rely on the sun every day. but then you say you can’t harness solar during a storm, a cloudy day, or at night. make up your mind, get your facts straight….

    the confused

  11. diva shines on February 20th, 2010 2:58 am

    i have some disadvatage of solar cells
    disadvantage:
    they cannot be used in the night as there is no light enery from the sun .

  12. typi314 on March 13th, 2010 7:29 pm

    I think solar is too far behind to be investing heavily in it. Such as power plants and the such. Too expensive

  13. Maya Brooks on April 28th, 2010 4:43 pm

    Solar Energy is one of the best sources of clean and green electricity. I think that we should build more efficient solar thermal power plants and solar cells. frequently. .

  14. Nowhere Man on June 29th, 2010 7:33 am

    Hi!

    Also it is prudent to wonder one himself if the necessary materials to construct the solar plants are dependent on the oil and if those materials can be recycled easily and do not have residues harmful to the planet.

    Let’s not forget that, most of the time, the energy produced by the solar panels is stored in batteries. These have materials that derive from the oil.
    Is the recycling of the batteries a safe practice for the ecology?

    We must think how to reduce the oil-dependency and the further risks in garbage.

    Think about it.

  15. dick on October 27th, 2010 7:17 pm

    alex on May 9th, 2008 5:41 pm Solar energy is the wave of the future! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator. I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

    Lu Lu on November 2nd, 2008 5:29 pm But, there must be more disadvantages?
    surely solar power cannot be perfect?

    Annie on April 6th, 2009 11:37 am Are there any more disadvantages listed, because I could list alot more.

    Annie on April 6th, 2009 11:38 am Great website. Just what I needed for my solar car project. Thank You

    commandercool on April 22nd, 2009 9:33 pm thank you sooooooooo much, this is also helping me on my project

    Maria on May 6th, 2009 3:37 pm This is a good website, but I think more disadvantages can be included.

    JohnTaylor on June 11th, 2009 7:01 am Maria? Please do share some of those disadvantages that you think we missed? The comments are turned on so that people can discuss the subjects, so if you have something to share, please do tell us waht you have on your mind?

    LuLu, the only “disadvantages” have to do with storing the energy, which is quickly being addressed, now that people are taking alternative energy seriously. As far as I can tell, the biggest reason that alternative energy hasn’t gained more support in the past is that it’s not an ongoing money-maker for energy companies. Sure, they sell the equipment (to those who don’t do it themselves and can afford a huge profit up-front,) but then you’re getting free energy from nature for YEARS — energy that corporations can’t profit from and the government has no practical way to tax. Follow the money, and you’ll see why alternative energy sources have been squashed for so long.

    shifna on July 23rd, 2009 1:03 am Solar energy is future energy and it cost depend on size i f you buy a big one it cost more if you buy a middle or small it cost a bit.
    solar energy is better than the others because it help ful for people and it does’nt have a lot disadvanteges

    i found out

    Vikas on October 25th, 2009 10:02 am Good article.

    rasta on February 18th, 2010 6:33 pm you say you can rely on the sun every day. but then you say you can’t harness solar during a storm, a cloudy day, or at night. make up your mind, get your facts straight….

    the confused

    diva shines on February 20th, 2010 2:58 am i have some disadvatage of solar cells
    disadvantage:
    they cannot be used in the night as there is no light enery from the sun .

    typi314 on March 13th, 2010 7:29 pm I think solar is too far behind to be investing heavily in it. Such as power plants and the such. Too expensive

    Maya Brooks on April 28th, 2010 4:43 pm Solar Energy is one of the best sources of clean and green electricity. I think that we should build more efficient solar thermal power plants and solar cells. frequently. .

    dick on Your comment is awaiting moderation. October 27th, 2010 7:16 pm u all suck big harry donkey dick

    dick on Your comment is awaiting moderation. October 27th, 2010 7:16 pm solar energy is a donkeys dick

  16. wicked247 on April 25th, 2011 8:23 am

    thats true diva shines, but we don’t use as much energy at night because we are sleeping then

  17. Veronica on April 27th, 2011 1:30 pm

    c’est une bonne explication de désavantages de l’énergie solaire parce que j’ai besoin de cette information pour mon projet de science.

  18. mutley41 on April 28th, 2011 1:37 pm

    why are the big companies not plastered in panels ie mcdonalds surely if they were that good these guys woulda caught on long ago i bet even the companies makin solar panels dont have em sat on there roof tops

  19. chelsee on May 17th, 2011 6:39 am

    solar power is not only effichant but it is also safest among animals such as brids but also humans, but could you imagine not paying an electrcity bill for the rest of your life. people should start being green and switch to solar power energy.

  20. Rachel on May 18th, 2011 10:55 am

    This is a great website!! I am doing a collage report on solar panels and i am from a small town and i no nothing about solar panels, which i was assigned to do a project on. So this was a wonderful website to get sources from!!!! i will defenetly tell my friends about this website on my track and soccer team… i will also tell my chess team!!! :)

  21. Naveen on June 1st, 2011 9:22 pm

    Advantages & Dis-Advantages of solar energy/ solar lighting on hill tops?

    What is the capacity we need to buy for having lighting on top hill?

    For how long can we burn lights in places where it is almost cloudy throughout
    the day?

  22. yash on September 5th, 2011 7:36 am

    well thanks for the advantages info but i think you should give more of disadvantages what other’s also want so please remark it & ya thanks for info…….

  23. ALbert Bresca on September 15th, 2011 7:40 am

    if solar panels were that good we would use them to replace our major power plants – as we don’t they aren’t good enough yet..

    Also one wonders how much damage to the environment we are doing to produce them? (what is the actual cost…? how much money is being redirected from true energy generation system to this trendy system which is still not sufficient to go anywhere near actually replacing … people may argue we should put in more money to R&D for this but sadly we will pay the price (it seems) for not having R&D in real power generation systems…. )..

    maybe i am too pessimistic or have less belief in the media hype (we hear how wonderful wind power is – but is this actually any good ? )

    sorry just my 20 cents….

  24. nathaniel knott on September 23rd, 2011 5:34 am

    @diva shines: well if you can have enough money to invest in both solar and lunar panels, that problem will be solved. everything relies on money,

  25. Anonymous on September 24th, 2011 6:37 pm

    This atricle is totally bias. Plus, some of the advantages are just rephrased and added as totally different advantages. Plus, a lot of times the initial cost of the panels and their installation are not fully recompensated in the time it is used. Don’t ge the wrong idea, I’m all for solar panels, but you still need to admit all its faults

  26. lydia webb on September 27th, 2011 9:40 am

    solar panels rock and are a great way to save electricity and money and they are easy to look after and you dont have to change them like lightbulbs

  27. Ellie on September 30th, 2011 12:00 pm

    I think solar panels are a great way to save electricity. However, they can not be used at night. Because you need light.
    Also I agree with Lydia because she said that you dont need to change the bulbs in them regulary unlike normal lights.
    wsz

  28. Alex on October 21st, 2011 8:30 pm

    You missed a disadvantage. A lot of energy goes into the production of solar panels. This production is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that the panel needs to be in use for approximately 15 years to then start being efficient in terms of the greenhouse gas emissions.
    My dads friend is a physics teacher and he attended a seminar on solar panels and this was one of the most interesting disadvantages he said!!

  29. mathew on October 27th, 2011 12:02 am

    Demand for solar power is rising, and that’s awesome – but so too are costs, no question. Economics 101 tells us that as demand rises, costs actually fall – and that’s spelling trouble for many solar power manufacturers in the US. Demand is rising abroad, but the economic models in other countries are intact. In any new industry, it’s all about cost efficiency and control, and solar power just isn’t there yet. Take a moment to check out our solar power blog – we write all about these theories and more.

  30. John on December 2nd, 2011 4:53 am

    I guess the biggest prob is that the cheap price of oil has made the world lazy. Some bottled water is more expensive than oil. Unless we change this mentality and start valuing enery alot more then we gonna continue this reluctancy to investing in alternative energy sources

  31. Lwando on March 22nd, 2012 10:27 pm

    I agree with some of the comments. Solar power is a good energy source but more R&D should also go into it to make solar products that are more effecient. You can’t use solar at night or on stromy days, that why solar genetation goes hand in hand with batteries so that you can use them to turn lights on at night and the solar panels charge up batteries during the day. We all know batteries are very hardous when they start leaking and are disposed off incorrectly. Also batteries have to be replaced every 3-4 years depending on the quality of the battery. There are however some companies that are comming up that recycle batteries. So this is one of the disadvantages of using solar power.

  32. joybala on June 13th, 2012 3:40 am

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    The solar electric energy making module is the product of atomic electric power plant. Anybody cannot make a solar electric energy making module by the help of a solar electric energy making module. Or solar electric energy making plant.
    The solar electric energy making module manufacturing is required a lot of electric energy. The 60 to 75 % of the making energy is only produced by the solar electric energy making module. The solar electric energy making module is the excess electric power product of a atomic electric plant.
    So the solar electric energy is not a Green energy. We are commonly using the solar electric energy; we are promoting the atomic electric power and help to making profit atomic mafia. We can use a solar electric energy if it unavoidable.
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  33. kagiso matlapeng on July 4th, 2012 2:44 am

    hi there!solar enegy wil come as the next revolution for cutting domestic utilities and avoiding tax.
    Ok,but i think wth the time when there is no sun there are back up batteries which u always charge.so issue of no sun or stomy conditions is a rare case.go green guys?

  34. Solar Installer NJ on July 12th, 2012 7:55 am

    I think the benefits far out weigh the cons. This is the way of the future indeed. You can save money, cut out the utility. Especially with all of the talk on reliance with the middle east for fossil fuels which will inevitably run out. It’s very important that we move forward with green solutions like solar.

  35. hamish on August 6th, 2012 2:45 am

    well electric companies can make moeny off solar energy if they harvest it on “solar energy farms” and sell it to the consumers (us) and keep genorators to store the solar energy so if it rains or if its night people can still have power.

    just thought that was an interesting point

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