To many people, the benefits of solar power are obvious. In the renewable, green, clean energy debate, almost universally, installing solar panels at home or for camping – is looked upon favorably. Solar energy is among the more popular forms or renewable energy. The sun is a limitless source of energy. Every day the sun shines and provides massive amounts of energy to the Earth, very little of which humanity uses at the moment. Solar also empowers individuals to be energy independent, and in effect becoming small electric utilities. This is because anyone can install solar panels on their roof, or in their yard, or when out camping, and generate electricity for the home. Moreover, in many areas, the electric company is required to accept and pay for any excess solar electricity generated, further reducing the electric bill or even in some instances generating electric revenue for the homeowner. One of the most obvious advantages of is that it is completely renewable – no need to buy gas or coal or anything else…just install the photovoltaic panels, hook them up to the electrical wiring and dust them once in a while.

How is it generated? Solar panels can be installed, whether on a building roof or in a big generating facility, or even on some car roofs. This flexibility is one of the key advantages of solar energy – and the flexibility is only increasing with time as photovoltaic technology advances. For example, I was in a car the other day with a solar roof. Great mileage, plus air conditioning that doesn’t drain the car battery. Also, solar cells can be built into walls as well as roofs. The electric current can be used for anything you may use electricity for – whether lighting a home, running a factory, or even running appliances in a solar car. There also are portable or camping solar panels, which can generate electricity on the go. In summary, among the key benefits of solar is this high degree of flexibility in the selection of installation locations. The only requirement is that there be sunshine.

Among the other advantages are the environmental benefits. After all, it is among the cleanest forms of electric generation or heating. There is no burning of fossil fuels, no carbon emissions, no contribution to climate change to the extent humans affect climate. In other words, solar electricity is basically clean electricity. Large solar panel installations for electric utilities however take up a lot of space, so that is one of the disadvantages of solar power. Likewise, at night, there is no sunshine, so no electric generation. Nevertheless, as electric storage technologies improve solar on a commercial scale increasingly has become practical and profitable.

Some other uses are: for camping – using any number of the solar camping accessories and solar camping gear; using for heating, such as heating homes or heating swimming pools as an alternative to gas or oil based heating solutions; solar enabled traffic lights – such lights are increasingly being installed and frequently use LED lighting solutions as well; solar electric generation using massive arrays of solar panels utilizing photovoltaic technology; camping lighting and mobile electric generation – such as to power up televisions or lights in remote areas. All of these solutions are popular advantages of solar energy.

Clean, Green, Renewable - Advanatages of Solar Energy


Among the disadvantages of solar power is that it is geography and weather dependent. So in sunny areas, like a desert or cloudless area, the solar panels are generating a lot of solar electricity – a benefit of solar power. But in cloudy areas or the far north, solar panels become less efficient, generating less electricity. Also, solar energy facilities frequently can be relatively expensive to install, however, increasingly governments recognize the benefits of solar power and frequently provide subsidies or tax incentives, such as tax rebates or tax deductions that make up a lot of the difference.

Summary

  • Generation of electricity for homes and commercial use
  • Mobile energy sources – for camping and remote areas
  • Renewable
  • Clean and Green
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Government support through tax incentives and subsidies