If you are interested in getting a solar energy system installation as a homeowner, you should have already started doing a little bit of research. Chances are you might have come across articles that praise solar energy systems and then other articles that do the exact opposite. If you want to figure out if solar panel systems are suitable for you, you might want to know both the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy.
THE PROS OF SOLAR ENERGY
Most people rely on utility companies to get their power. When the grid goes down, many people are going to go without power for extended periods. Regardless of if you are from the North, South, East, or West, some ailments will affect your grid. When the power goes out, residents will be affected and typically will not be very happy.
Homeowners who own a solar power system can keep generating electricity when the grid is down. This can give them peace of mind, especially with Nigeria’s frequent power failure rate, where everyone can expect a power outage at least several hours a day.
A solar power system can help homeowners protect themselves if the grid shuts down or if they want to live entirely off the grid. Some homeowners like to have complete control over where and how they produce energy. With the cost of electricity rising, homeowners also find it reassuring to lock in a fixed rate for their electricity for the next decade.
Reduces Your Electricity Bill
One of the most significant advantages of solar energy has to be related to maximising savings. When you get a solar panel installation, you will have substantial savings on your electrical bill. In a lot of countries, utility companies offer homeowners the option of net metering. This allows homeowners to offset their electric costs with the solar power that their solar panels are generating. The homeowners can then sell their excess solar power to the utility company. The utility companies will typically offer bill credits to apply to the homeowner’s electric bill that can then be used to offset future electricity costs.
Solar Panels Reduce Carbon Emissions
Another significant advantage of solar energy is the reduction of carbon emissions. Because solar is a renewable energy source, it helps reduce carbon emissions and lower harmful impacts on the environment. With the more traditional fossil fuels, like oil and coal, there are direct links to pollutants such as carbon dioxide. Still, with solar panels, homeowners can help eliminate some of these pollutants. Even in comparison to nuclear energy, solar power is the front runner for being environmentally friendly.
Solar energy is an affordable option to help homeowners transition from fossil fuels, reducing their carbon emissions.
THE CONS OF SOLAR ENERGY
While there are many advantages of solar energy, there are a few minor disadvantages to keep in mind while getting a solar panel installation.
Solar Panels Aren’t Ideal for Every Type of Roof.
Rooftop solar panel installation is one of the easiest ways for homeowners to transition into solar panels. Certain roofing materials are used in older homes, so solar installers will have difficulty completing solar panels. Many houses and apartment buildings do have skylights or other rooftop additions such as decks, making the solar panel installation process difficult or even expensive. In the long run, this will not be a barrier to the mass adoption of solar power. There are other options if a homeowner’s rooftop isn’t suitable for solar panels. Homeowners will have the choice of a ground-mounted solar panel installation, or they can buy a share in a community solar panel installation.
The Upfront Cost of Solar is Quite High
When it comes to getting a solar panel installation, the upfront cost of solar panels can be high. The cost of solar panels will vary by state, and each state will offer different solar incentives that are going to lower the cost of solar panels. There also is going to be several financing for solar panels options that will be available. In most cases, you can qualify for a zero-down solar loan, which will allow homeowners to start saving right away.
Solar Energy Storage is Expensive
Solar batteries are going to be the most expensive part of solar panel installation. However, a long life can justify Lithium-ion solar batteries’ high cost. Most lithium-ion solar batteries are going to last 10-15 years. At Arnergy, we make use of lithium-ion batteries. For more information, visit www.arnergy.com or call us on 07002288888 for an energy audit.