Is Solar Energy Right for You?
When it comes to energy efficiency and renewable sources of power, solar energy systems are a widely discussed topic. As energy costs continue to rise, many homeowners and business owners are considering installing a solar energy system for their property. While these systems offer many benefits, they are not right for everyone. That is why the professional electricians and solar energy system experts at BNR Electric have compiled some information on the pros and cons of these systems to help you determine if solar energy is right for you.
Benefits of Solar Energy
Solar energy provides the following benefits for homes and commercial properties:
With a low cost to produce each panel and a long usable life, every solar panel delivers exceptional energy production with minimal environmental impact. While conventional systems require fracking and deep-well drilling, solar energy typically only requires light digging for ground-based systems. In addition to reduced environmental impact, solar energy is one of the only truly renewable sources of energy in the world.
Cost Savings Over Time
Whether you are looking at a grid-tied or off-grid solar system, you will experience significantly lower energy costs over time. In addition to lower (or non-existent) monthly costs, grid-tied systems allow you to store excess energy in the grid and sell it back to utility companies, further enhancing value.
Minimal Maintenance Requirements
As solar panels do not feature any moving parts, there is no wear and tear over time. Panels will need to be cleaned a few times per year and the inverter will need to be changed after 5-10 years, but that is the extent of their maintenance requirements.
Potential Drawbacks of Solar Energy
Potential drawbacks of solar energy include:
Solar Panels Can be Expensive to Install
When installing a solar energy system, you will need to pay for each panel and the labour required to install them. This can be exceptionally expensive, especially for larger properties that require more panels. While these costs can be offset through energy savings and government rebates, you will still need to have the money to purchase and install the panels first.
Requires Certain Weather Conditions for Ideal Results
While solar panels can produce energy in nearly any type of weather, they perform best on days when they are exposed to direct sunlight. If you live in a predominantly shaded area or experience long stretches of cloudy or snowy weather, your solar panels may not produce enough energy power to power everything in your home, eliminating the possibility of an off-grid system and decreasing your energy savings per month.
To learn more about our solar energy system installation solutions or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at BNR Electric. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.