Although there can be a number of pros to solar power, there are also a few cons that are worth taking into consideration. Here are the two main disadvantages of using solar energy in your home.
1. It Provides Inconsistent Results
Solar energy relies on the absorption of sunlight. More specifically, it depends on the absorption of subatomic particles, called photons, which can be blocked or deterred by a number of different things.
Although solar energy can be an option for almost anyone, its efficiency is affected by the location’s distance from the equator. Cloudy skies can also decrease the amount of power that solar panels are able to receive. Solar power systems become much more efficient in areas where clear skies are common as opposed to areas that experience frequent clouds. Even night skies can negatively impact the amount of solar power your system is able to receive.
2. Solar Energy Systems Can Be Costly
Another major disadvantage to solar energy is the cost. As technology develops, solar panels have become more affordable than in the past, but there are still a lot of expenses to consider.
The number of solar array panels it takes to absorb energy for a home can cost upwards of $10,000. Although tax credit options may be available for those who install these systems, the upfront cost may still be unrealistic for some people.
Another cost associated with solar energy systems is the battery packs required for each solar array. The solar panels typically come with a warranty, but the batteries are often not covered under that warranty and don’t have the same lifespan as the panels. Replacement of the battery packs can cost at least $100 or more each.
Residential solar power systems have gained popularity in recent years, but keep these disadvantages in mind before switching to solar energy. At Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical, we can help you decide if solar energy is right for you. In addition to solar installations, we also offer air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services in Reno and the surrounding area. Contact the experienced professionals at Gibson Plumbing & Mechanical for more information!