Free energy – The sun provides the “fuel” to
generate power for the home’s electrical system and
components. This saves money on electricity bills. If
the home is set up for net metering, any excess
electricity generated by the solar power system can
be transmitted to the grid and sold to the utility in the
form of a credit.
Clean energy production – Electricity generated by
the sun produces no harmful emissions. This reduces
the home’s carbon footprint.
Installation incentives – Federal, state and local
jurisdictions periodically offer grants, tax breaks,
discounts and rebates for the installation of renewable
energy products, including solar systems.
Reduced dependency – Generating your own solar
power using panels on your roof means you are not as
dependent on utilities and the electric power grid to
provide your electricity.
Reduces Electricity Costs
Financial Support from Government/State
Technology is Improving
Inconsistent fuel source – The sun doesn’t shine
brightly 24 hours a day. Some locations have trees or
taller buildings that could shade your roof. Even
during the long days of summer, the sun’s direct rays
can occasionally be obscured by clouds. On such days
the system is less efficient. Excessively high outdoor
temperatures can also reduce efficiency of the
High initial cost – Even with multiple incentives, a
solar power system may still cost tens of thousands of
dollars. Smaller systems can also be expensive to
install. Cost depends on the home, its location, size
and purpose of the system, the goals of the home
owner, and the amount of work needed to prepare the
house for the new system.
Maintenance – Generating your own electricity
means that the upkeep of the system is in your
hands. PV panels need to be cleaned periodically so
that dirt and debris do not reduce efficiency. In the
case of a severe storm, it will be up to you to arrange
for a qualified professional to repair any damage.
Energy Storage is Expensive
Associated with Pollution