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Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages

There is a thread on Wiki Answers about the pros and cons of solar power that I have been following, and many people have left their thoughts. This discussion has been going on for a long time, and I would like to share the results here with you.

1. Advantages of Solar Power

 Solar power is green energy, no polluting gas emissions after use.

 Using solar power reduces dependence on fossil fuels such as oil and gas.

 If there is sun, there will be solar energy, renewable and clean energy that can be used every day and can produce weak electricity even on cloudy days.

 Requires little maintenance, and solar panels have a lifespan of up to 25 years.

 The solar grid can be integrated into the power company grid and excess power sold to the power company.

Can be installed anywhere there is sun, on rooftops, fields, mountain tops, etc.

 Solar power can be stored in batteries for nighttime use.

 In addition to generating electricity, solar power can also be used to heat water and supply electricity to homes or businesses.

Because solar power generates direct current, it is safer than traditional AC power.

The efficiency of solar panels has been increasing, currently up to 24%, and will increase as technology develops.

 Aesthetics are improving, and compared to traditional panels are more diverse, such as flexible, foldable, and round panels are available.

 State subsidies or tax rebates for solar power greatly reduce the initial purchase cost.

 The electricity generated is sufficient for ordinary households or businesses to live and work without a grid.

The production and installation of solar panels can create many jobs and help economic development.

 No need to dig trenches because solar energy can be installed close to the home, such as on the roof.

The combined use of solar and LED street lights, currently more common all in one solar street light, split solar street lights, without laying cables, without wiring, can be very convenient for remote mountainous areas and other areas where cables are not laid to. 

2. Disadvantages of Solar Power

 Higher material and installation costs, long return on investment, with the decline in the price of solar panels, the cost is increasingly feasible.

 Because the current maximum efficiency is only 24%, installation requires a lot of space.

 No power generation at night, need to store the power generated during the day in the battery, and the battery cost is high.

 If not fixed properly, there are safety hazards, especially some are installed on the roof, the wind is easy to loosen.

 Some people consider them unattractive.

 Solar power is direct current, so if you want to use it for home lighting, you need to buy an expensive inverter to convert the direct current to alternating current.

 Each place has different average sunlight hours, the same panel will generate different amounts of electricity.

 Cloudy or rainy days do not generate electricity or generate less electricity.

 Solar power generation is lower in winter.

 Solar power for automobiles is still in its infancy and requires continuous technological improvement.

 Although panels have a long lifespan, batteries for energy storage have a short lifespan and need to be developed to last longer.

3. Conclusion

Solar energy is still very little used by humans, so let's continue to work hard to make good use of this energy. With the improvement of power generation efficiency, the decline of the unit price of panels, and the continuous invention of new technologies, the future development of the solar industry will have a great future. What do you think the future will look like?

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