Solar Energy: Advantages of Solar Energy

Solar energy is the energy that we get from the sun, as a result of nuclear fission reactions going on inside it. This energy is in the form of heat and light. Solar Energy is essential for a majority of living organisms on earth to survive. The plants, animals, certain micro-organisms, all survive due to the solar energy or by consuming substances which require solar energy to evolve. Not only does it affect living organisms, but also non-living things. For instance, many phenomena in nature like the wind, storms, rains, sea waves etc. are all dependent on this form of energy.

Having realized the true potential of solar energy and its importance, humans are now devising methods to utilize solar energy in our daily lives since it is a major source of renewable energy and in the fact that makes it all the more valuable. Some well-known solar energy utilizing devices are solar cooker, water heater, solar cells which can be used in multiple devices.

To make it mandatory to utilize this source of energy to the maximum, many countries have set norms for building green buildings. These are energy efficient and are dependent primarily on solar energy. They also help in cost cutting.

Now in this first part about advantages and disadvantages of solar energy, lets discuss Advantages of Solar Power.

Advantages of Solar Energy

1) It is one of the most readily available sources of energy.
2) It is an inexhaustible source of energy.
3) It is an uninterrupted and continuous source.
4) Solar Energy doesn’t give rise to any chemical or sound pollution.
5) It can be used directly for baking, drying. Devices like solar heater facilitate its use.
6) Solar devices can be installed in remote, inaccessible areas like forests, deserts, mountains, off-shore platforms, remote oceanic islands.
7) It is possible to produce Solar Energy in large quantities.
8) Poor tropical countries have locations which are advantageous for solar energy production.
9) More the number of solar units we have, the more units of energy will be produced. It is directly proportional.
10) It can be used directly in conjunction with other conventional or non-conventional energy supply systems.
11) Cost of maintenance is low.

Next we will discuss Disadvantages of Solar Energy.

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  1. The solar market is growing at a phenomenal rate, but unlike other industries (computers for instance)that have large growth, the prices of solar panels haven't reflected competition. , DIY is now an alternative.

  2. Not forgetting, especially in the UK the Government incentives for using solar energy to heat your homes. 2013 launch for this I think. You can get paid for energy that you don't use also. A lot of advantages I'm surprised this is not utilised more.

  3. Great Advantages, some that i never thought off. I'm realy excited about the future of solar energy. Thans for this article!

  4. One of the largest advantages of solar panels / solar energy is that they not only provide you with a source of clean environment friendly power but also add value to your house if / when the time comes to sell your house. This is a benefit that many people do not realise!

  5. I also think that solar power is the only way forward in freeing us from dependance on fossil fuels. And as you said in #6 it can be used in remote areas, allowing us to decrease the amount of transmission lines we need to build etc....hopefully everybody will be off the grid soon.

  6. Because solar doesn’t rely on constantly mining raw materials, it doesn’t result in the destruction of forests and eco-systems that occurs with most fossil fuel operations. Generating electricity from renewable energy rather than fossil fuels offers significant public health benefits. Solar power is non-polluting. Unlike oil, solar power does not emit greenhouse gases or carcinogens into the air.