What Is The Pros And Cons Of Solar Energy

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The world population increases every day, and so does the need for energy. The only problem is that much of the energy society uses is non-renewable, meaning once a source is diminished it can no longer be used again. The solution is to use the most abundant energy source that burns bright in the sky every day, the sun. The energy given off by the sun can be harnessed to create electricity, and that electricity can be stored for later use. According to the website Altenergy, “The average star, like the sun, is similar to a fusion reactor that has been giving off energy for over four billion years…that provides enough energy after just one minute to supplement the world’s energy for one year.” (Alt) With the large amount of energy given off …show more content…
A common misconception is that solar power is expensive, and though the cost of the equipment is high at first with the instillation it will eventually give back the money spent lost from the initial installation. Some Materials are exotic in nature such as Cadmium telluride (CdTe) and Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) that are used for thin-film solar cells, but not all cells require such rare materials. The sun is an intermittent energy source, meaning that we can only collect energy at certain periods of time when the sun is shining, making collecting energy during the early hours of the morning and night impossible. The clouds can even block the sun’s rays from reaching solar panels making unexpected over castes one of the worst enemies of solar technology. There are other variables such as geographical location, time of day, and season. (Alt) The solution to this is outlined in solar electricity basics book saying, the sun’s variable nature can be offset by coupling solar electric systems with other renewable energy sources like wind-electric systems. (Solar) By using a wind electric system citizens can generate electricity when the sun is covered by the clouds or during the night time. Solar power may be less polluting than fossil fuels, but some problems are present. The manufacturing …show more content…
The most important thing about the energy from the sun, as stated in the periodical Renewable Alternative energy sources, Renewable energy sources can be replenished in a single human lifetime, rather than over many lifetimes, as with oil or coal. (Renew) Solar energy is also sustainable, since it cannot be over used or harmful to future generations. Harnessing solar energy can cause pollution, but compared to the amount of pollution from more conventional energy sources, this amount is next to nothing. Solar energy is available for everyone in the world, some places do not get as much sunlight therefore cannot convert as much energy, but it can still be used for personal needs. Solar panels can also save people a considerable amount of money in energy bills. Home owners can save as much has over a hundred dollars a month in many states. (Energy) Solar energy is also considered to be the people’s power since they can be set up quick on the consumer level, and they are also quiet, since there are no moving parts. If a person does not want a solar panel on top of their hours, but still wants to benefit from solar power, then it is as easy has finding to see if any homes or private businesses are sharing the electricity that they have stored up. This way people can pay a fixed lower rate for electricity. The government also gives incentives or rebates for using a cleaner resource of energy, which cut some

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