One of the most popular alternative energies in the world is solar power. This type of sustainable energy is produced by harnessing the energy of the sun through the construction and mounting of solar panels.
As a business owner, you may be wondering if solar energy is a good choice for you. Is it expensive? Are there drawbacks? In this post, I want to lay it all out for you—the pros and cons of using solar energy.
- Renewable: Solar energy is a renewable energy source; therefore, using solar energy is an environmentally responsible choice. As long as the Earth revolves around the sun, we will have access to solar energy.
- Clean: There is no contamination associated with the use of solar energy panels. This is a major difference between solar energy and other, more traditional energy sources.
- There is no “off the grid”: Maybe you want to open a business at the top of a mountain, servicing hikers who make it all the way to the top. Cool idea, but how are you going to run electricity up there? It may be time for you to start shopping around for a solar energy solution.
- Space: In contrast with other sustainable energy systems, solar panels take up very little space. If you’re operating a relatively small business, you can probably fit all of the solar panels you’ll need right on your roof, meaning that they’ll take up literally zero inches of ground space. Compare that to a wind energy farm!
- Maintenance: There is almost no maintenance on solar panels aside from cleaning them periodically. As an added bonus, they don’t make any noise!
- Electric bill: It’s going to go down! It’s that simple. Some utility companies will even allow you to sell back to them the excess solar power that you generate.
- Cost: They’re definitely not free. Depending on how large-scale your operation is, and considering that the best solar cells may cost over $1000 each, your initial cost could put a big dent in your budget. But don’t let this completely turn you away from the use of solar energy. There are many tax cuts and rebates out there for people who choose solar power.
- Night: Solar power isn’t produced when the sun isn’t out. For most of us, the sun is down for about 10 hours per day, but for people closer to the Poles, the darkness can last for two months or more.
- Smog: Pollution and smog can block the sun’s light, preventing your solar cells from doing their job. If you live in a very polluted area, you may need more solar cells, or you may need to look into a different energy solution.
- Large operations: If you’re running a large operation, you may run into some hiccups when it comes to finding an area large enough to set up all of the panels you’ll need and also when it comes to storing the rechargeable batteries you’ll be using for access to power during the night.
So, there you have it. Like with any energy source, there are pros and cons to using solar energy. While it is a good choice for some homes and businesses, it’s not the best choice for everyone.
As someone who has personally used solar energy to power my home for many years, I couldn’t be happier with the money it has saved me and with the knowledge that I am doing a good thing for the planet. I hope you will join me!