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7 Disadvantages of Solar Panel

Disadvantages of Solar Panel

Solar energy is completely free, widely available, and produces no pollution, emissions, or noise, implying that it has no carbon footprint. Solar energy is one of the most extensively used renewable energy sources on Earth, out of all the renewable energy sources accessible.  

You look at both sides of the coin while making a decision. The same goes for the solar panel. Installing a solar panel is a major and crucial decision which will affect your pocket and other factors of life. Here are some of the disadvantages to must go through before going for solar panels.

1. Latitude

Countries near the equator are hotter than others. It means that they receive more sunlight than other countries. Solar energy is the form of energy that completely depends upon sunlight. So, latitude is very important for installing a solar panel. Although solar panels do not require direct sunlight, countries that do not receive plenty of sunlight have to face the disadvantage of solar panels. It affects its working and returns.

2. Season

The season has an impact on solar efficacy. Because the earth is angled such that the sun is closer to your location in the summer, you can generate more electricity than you need. During the winter, the earth's tilt pulls your location further from the sun, preventing you from producing enough electricity to meet your demands. Even if do not understand this scientific concept, we can observe that the amount of sunlight degrades in winter. This can affect electricity generation by solar panels.

3. Non- Reliability

Imagine sleeping without an air conditioner at night due to an electricity cut. This seems difficult. You can face a similar problem with solar panels. They generate electricity when the sun rises. At night, they are generally useless. You either have to depend upon the stored electricity or the local electricity grid.

4. Weather and deterioration

Solar panels, like anything else exposed to the sun, are gradually harmed by UV light. Rain, snow, filth, temperature changes, hail, and wind can affect their working and are harmful to your panels.  They can damage your solar panels or their components. Natural calamities are not in your hand.

5. Installation Area

Solar energy installations for household users may not require a vast area because they may be mounted on rooftops and create enough energy, but for large businesses, a large area is required for the system to be efficient in producing electricity continuously. The areas where you install panels become useless. Either it is your roof or an open area for business. You cannot use that area for any other purpose.

6. Difficult to shift

If you have your property on lease or rent then you must reconsider the decision of installing a solar panel. If you decide to leave, the solar contracting company will transfer the leasing agreement to the new user. These businesses do not want to spend any additional costs by removing the solar panels. If you want to take the solar panel and the leasing contract with you, that is possible but you'll have to pay for the de-installation and re-installation.

7.Causes pollution

Solar panels do not leave any carbon footprint but they are made up of some hazardous components. Even though solar panels have a long lifespan of around half a century, disposing of these components can have serious environmental consequences. Cadmium and lead, both extremely dangerous metals, are among the chemicals contained in solar panels.

  • Last updated on Sep 29, 2022