Now let's take a look at some of the common disadvantages of solar power and the ownership of a solar collection system. First, and obviously the most important, can be the cost. The expenses involved to install solar energy systems can vary dramatically depending on the needs you have.
First of all, before I share the bad news about solar power costs, it's important to know that you don't have to jump into an entirely solar powered home immediately in order to start going green with solar energy! There are many ways you can begin to affordably use solar energy.
One of the simplest and least expensive ways to begin to use solar energy is with portable solar devices such as solar power battery charger which can start at around $20 or range upwards of a few hundred dollars, depending on the kind of functionality you are looking for.
Another very popular and affordable way to use solar energy is by using outdoor solar lighting. These actually are much more practical than using traditional outdoor lights which require electrical wiring which can be not only unsightly but a safety hazard.
If you are simply looking to light up your yard and walkway with some interesting solar powered lawn lights, these can range from just $20 to more than $1,000 depending on the "wow" factor you wish to portray in your neighborhood! :-)
Your beautiful lawn and garden landscaping can be easily augmented with just a few outdoor solar lights without the need to wire up and bury electrical cables in the lawn. Solar lights come with an affordable cost that matches their ease of use!
Now, for the bad news....
This is one of the biggest solar energy disadvantages, and one that prevents many of us from converting our homes to solar. The costs can become more dramatic when you look into setting up an active solar energy collection system that includes photovoltaic cells (PVC's) that would be placed in the back yard or on top of your house.
If you are looking to provide the majority of your household lighting and other electrical needs almost solely through such a system, the costs might seem quite high, depending on your location and what kinds of government incentives you may or may not be able to find to lower your expenses.
Many roof-mounted household systems can cost $10,000 to $30,000 (yikes!!) depending on the size of the house and the expectations of the owner. Such costs can make active solar collection seem impossible to many homeowners.
That is the reason why so many of us are actively seeking more economical systems that will help to meet our energy needs.
A good alternative energy solution must provide for an economically sound option that will supply your family with their energy needs for years to come.
Anyone who looks outside their window will notice that our Earth is experiencing some pretty extreme weather nowadays. Take me for example! At the time of this writing, I am living in central Oregon, USA, a region that is noted for having a great deal of sunlight.
I've only lived here for a few years, but in that time I've observed several unusual weather changes.
With all these irregular weather patterns, which will likely continue for the present time, or until our world can become more environmentally friendly, it is difficult to predict when you will have lots of sunlight!
For this reason, it is important to use solar energy systems that include some kind of back up system for when the sun is not shining. Many systems which can be connected to existing local power grids (called "on grid" systems) can provide this backup so that you are not at the mercy of the ever changing weather patterns.
Even though there are some disadvantages of solar power, the advantages of solar energy still outweigh them! The reason for this is that solar energy is just so HUGELY abundant on our planet.
Did you now that the amount of energy that comes to the Earth in just one hour is ENOUGH to power our ENTIRE planet for an entire year?
All we need to do is learn to harness this tremendous source of energy, and find ways to store the energy when the sun is not shining.
If you compare the future to the present, it is easy to make an informed decision about using this form of renewable energy.
Even though at the front end it may be costly, there are more affordable solar power options being developed every day, and the savings through the years makes it worth every initial investment that you make!
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