As we are continually reminded of the growing threat of climate change and the hazards of carbon emission contamination, our nation has taken an aggressive approach to seeking clean energy alternatives to replace traditional fossil fuels. Of all our options it is argued that solar energy is the most expensive. Or, is it? For example, according to a recent study, the cost of installing residential solar panels has actually dropped by nearly 80% over the last 5 years.
At Wing Solar & Wood Energy, Inc. we are committed to ensuring that you are fully knowledgeable and confident when you choose to invest in your solar system. We have provided this page of the "Pros" and "Cons" of solar energy to help you.... If you have further questions or would like to schedule a consultation with our client care specialist, please contact Wing Solar & Wood Energy, Inc. toll-free at 1-800-492-4061.
The Pros of Solar Energy in Northern California:
Constant Renewable Energy for Northern California - Solar energy is a renewable energy source. Unlike fossil fuels, coal and nuclear, we cannot run out of energy from the sun.
Solar Energy is Abundant - The potential of solar energy is endless. Did you know that the surface of the earth receives 120,000 terawatts of sunlight? That is 20 times more power than what is needed to supply the entire world.
Solar Energy is Sustainable Energy - A renewable energy source is sustainable. This means that we can meet our needs without compromising the needs of future generations; our children, our grandchildren and their children.
Solar Energy is Environmentally Friendly - As a whole, harnessing solar energy does not cause pollution. However, even though there are emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and installation of solar power systems, those numbers are still literally a fraction when compared to most conventional energy sources.
Solar Energy has Good Availability - Solar energy is available all over the world.
Solar Energy Reduces Electricity Costs - Since the introduction of net metering and feed-in tariff (FIT) schemes, you can now "Sell" excess electricity, and receive credits on your utility bills if you are producing more energy than you use. Hence, you save valuable dollars just by going solar.
Solar Energy can be used in Many Applications - Solar energy can be used for numerous purposes. Do you live off-grid? Solar energy is a perfect solution to your alternative energy need.
Shared Solar - Because of shading, insufficient space and ownership issues, some homes are simply unfit for solar panels. However, "Shared" solar allows these homeowners to do exactly that, share with others in their community. They can now enjoy all the benefits of solar by subscribing to a network of "Community solar gardens."
Solar Power is Silent - A solar system doesn't have any moving parts and there is no noise associated with *photovoltaics, unlike a wind turbine.
Government Rebates & Tax Incentives - Effective 12/31/2008, the U.S. federal government offers a 30% tax credit to homeowners for going solar. The state of California also offers a variety of incentives - grants and rebates, that can save you 50% on solar installation costs. Be sure to check out the "Guide To Financing" page of this site for further details.
Solar Systems are Very Low Maintenance - Most solar systems are extremely low maintenance and only require a professional cleaning twice a year.
Is Solar Expensive?
With all the rebates and incentives available, is solar power really expensive? Like everything else, politics plays a huge role in the progress of our solar development. For example, in 2010, coal production received an astounding $1,189 billion in federal funding, while solar was not far behind at $968 billion. Imagine the possibilities if more of that $1,189 billion was invested into solar, a renewable resource, instead of wasted on coal that once it is gone, it is gone.
Solar Energy is Intermittent
Because access to sunlight is limited; i.e. in the morning and at night, even on overcast days, solar energy in the past has not been a first choice when it comes to meeting the base load energy demand. However, when compared to wind, solar power has fewer problems when it comes to intermittence.
Energy Storage is Expensive
Energy storage systems such as batteries will help with the demand, which make solar more stable, however these innovations can be costly. The good news is that the relationship between solar access and human demand is at its peak in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest.
Air Pollution Risk with Solar
While solar power is obviously less polluting than fossil fuels, there are still some problems relating to greenhouse gas emission. Traces of Nitrogen trifluroide and sulfur hexafluoride are related to the production of solar panels. In addition, transportation of solar power systems can also indirectly cause pollution. With that said, nothing is completely risk-free and solar power is still the obvious choice.
Rare and Exotic Materials
Certain solar cells are made with materials that are expensive and rare, however one should also consider long-term investment compared to short-term expense.
Space Requirements of Solar
Power density is essential when looking at how much power can come from a particular area. Low power density means that too much real estate would be required to provide power at a reasonable price.
The solar power industry is constantly changing and the possibilities are becoming virtually endless, including the potential of solar electric power to nearly triple in the future. As you can obviously see, the benefits of solar far outweigh the risks. With that in mind, Wing Solar & Wood Energy, Inc. is waiting for your phone call. Let our experts show you how going solar can be the best investment you will ever make.
If you have further questions or would like to schedule a consultation with our client care specialist, please contact Wing Solar & Wood Energy, Inc. toll-free at 1-800-492-4061. For your convenience, you may also request more information from this site.
*Photovoltaics (PV) is a term which covers the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. A typical photovoltaic system employs solar panels, each comprising a number of solar cells, which generate electrical power. PV installations may be ground-mounted, rooftop mounted or wall mounted. The mount may be fixed, or use a solar tracker to follow the sun across the sky.
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