Solar power is probably the cleanest and most viable form of renewable energy. The advantages of solar energy beats any other form of energy as it depletes the natural resources of our planet and pollutes the environment. Oil and coal are not renewable. Once they are used, they are gone; they also take a different form which pollutes the environment. Solar energy traps the power of the sun for use during the day and stores the energy in batteries for use overnight. As long as we have the sun, we will have solar energy.
Towards a Greener Earth
One of the biggest advantages of solar energy is that it is non-polluting. It is also silent. The solar cells extract the energy from the sun without a beep. Compare this with noise polluting coal plants and one can figure out the benefit of shifting to solar energy. The solar cells have no moving parts so maintenance is almost negligible and the cells have a long lifetime.
The initial investment on solar panels and the installation of the system is at present expensive. But in the long run, the advantages of using solar energy generating systems pay for themselves in terms of reduced energy bills. As the solar panels have a long life, once the investments costs are met, there is no more drain only gain. Once the system is installed and functioning well, you are free from blackouts and power failures and no more at the mercy of power generating companies.
The advantages of solar energy make up for the only possible disadvantage, that is, the initial cost. Solar energy at present costs more at the manufacturing level than traditional sources of power generation which is oil and coal. But as natural sources of oil and coal deplete, the cost of producing energy from such sources will rise. Without a doubt, your energy bill from the utility company will only continue to rise, and will continually close the gap with the cost of renewable energy sources. The other disadvantage is that it is only possible to generate electricity during the daytime, but with a grid-tied system, the distribution and flow of electricity is constantly maintained at an optimum level. Optional battery backup systems offer the comfort of using little or no traditional energy sources even at night.
The advantages of solar energy generation from homes make it people-friendly. You don't need massive power plants with expensive machinery to generate electricity. The electricity required can be generated at home, occupying minimum space and without any noise or disturbance to people living in the area. The installation of the system is also very easy and affordable to maintain.