Although solar power is quickly becoming one of the major ways people generate electricity, there are a few major issues that are holding up the process and preventing it from taking hold on a grand scale. Let’s take a look at these issues and you’ll see why solar power is always in a state of constant development to improve the technology and make it a more viable option.
While it’s easy to say that solar power is the wave of the future and that people can save a lot of money by using it, the raw numbers and statistics still tell a different story. The cost to own solar panels has come down in recent years, due to the improvement of the technology and a lowering in the cost of solar cell production, but it’s far from being cheap. In fact, it costs twice as much to use solar panels as it does to burn fossil fuels. The problem with solar power is that the initial cost to install and purchase them outweighs its benefits. Until developers can find a way to make the solar panels much more affordable, this will be the issue at hand.
Because of clouds, storms, and evening/night time, sunlight is sometimes hard to come by. Although solar panel systems have the ability to capture SOME of the sunlight on a cloudy day, they still perform best in the direct rays of the sun when there’s no clouds or other obstructions. When the sun goes down, a solar power system has to rely on batteries to be able to make use of the days collected energy. These cost a lot of money and are very large in size. For homeowners, it’s often difficult to find a place to store the large batteries that doesn’t create a nuisance to the visual aspect of the landscape.
As with most new technologies, there will be more faults with a solar panel system than there will be with gas, standard electric, and oil based energy systems. Maintenance of a solar panel system requires that a technician come out and diagnose/fix the problem, and this can cost a lot.
You also have to keep in mind that sap and birds droppings can affect the performance of the panels a lot. Always having to keep them clean can be problematic if they’re located on the roof or in another hard to access area.
The environment is one of our most precious resources and many people in the world are trying to do all they can to preserve it. This has given birth to an assortment of different regulations and control laws that force solar panel system owners to dispose of the batteries and panels in an environmentally friendly way, which costs more still.
The advantages of solar power will far outweigh the problems in the years to come. Scientists will get better and better at research and development, reduce the cost to own Geo Green Power systems, and increase their performance ability for everyone. However, the way it stands now, it will be a little while before we actually reach this great pinnacle of success.