Using the power of the sun sounds great but the question remains, is everything about green solar energy good?

Looking at the current price of fossil fuel-based electricity, it is almost impractical to convert to a solar energy system. However, with the growing concern of the state of the earth, there is really a need to find other forms of energy apart from dirty polluting fossil fuels that are being used now.

Where do you stand on renewable energies yourself?

Whether you are an advocate of clean energy or simply care about where your money goes, looking at the good and bad of residential solar energy system will help you decide on whether to convert or not.


Solar energy is free. Did you know that the earth absorbs 174 Petta-watts of solar radiation? This means that we have more than enough free energy to power every house in the world.

Unfortunately, most of our energy is still drawn from fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal. But in recent years, there is a steady increase in demand for alternative and renewable energy like solar power.

It is estimated that the demand for alternative sources of energy will increase by 53% between 1999 and 2020.

Solar energy is clean, renewable and sustainable. Because the energy created from the sun's rays does not produce by-products like those from fossil fuel power plants (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury or carbon dioxide), it does not contribute to pollution.

Accordingly, the increase in the use of solar energy and other alternative forms of energy will decrease the demand for greenhouse gases-producing power plants.

The price of photovoltaic cells is steadily decreasing.

The demand for solar panels has risen by 57% in the United States in 2007 and is steadily increasing on a monthly basis.

The increase in demand results to the improvement of solar technology as a whole.

The price of Photovoltaic cells had dropped to a third of the price in the last four years
Solar panels can be installed on most rooftops, eliminating the problem of finding a suitable place for installation.

Solar panels require little or no maintenance.

The original photovoltaic cells technology is used for most satellites orbiting our earth today which are not maintained at all.

Many solar panel manufacturers give 25 to 40 years warranty on their products.

Because most countries receive a substantial amount of sunlight throughout the year, solar panels can be installed almost anywhere.

Many governments are offering rebates and renewable energy credits in the form of tax breaks which give the average home owner an added incentive to go green.

Check your local and state governments for green energy incentives usually simply through a Google search.


While the prices of PV cells are in constant decline, the cost of installation is substantially high compared to the current cost of electricity.

But the good thing is, after the initial investment, you can kiss electricity bills goodbye.

Some countries have serious air pollution in the form of smog; this decreases the amount of sunlight reaching solar panels.

During overcast weather there will be almost no input to solar panels.

You are only producing energy during day time.

These are general good and bad points to you might encounter when considering the conversion to solar energy system.

When considering going solar, base your decision on location, cost, budget, rebates, tax credits and practicality.


Photovoltaic panels are not the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but this is a small price to pay for free green power.

The cost to buy and install solar panels is expensive but getting cheaper.

Consider not only the money you are saving but the benefits to the environment

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