Do you know what keeps people from choosing solar energy? It’s their ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ that prevents them from making a switch from the traditional grid power to solar power.
Their concerns include “What if no solar power is not produced on dark and cloudy days?”, “But, solar power systems are costly?” and so on.
The debate continues…
And these ifs and buts are keeping so many people in dark, literally, on days the grid power goes off.
It is no like solar energy is not free of any disadvantages. But we need to compare the pros and cons of both to be able to choose the best. If you are still struggling with ifs and buts and are not able to decide whether to stay grid-dependent or go solar, keep reading.
We will discuss the comparison of these 2 sources of power supply and the pros and cons of each so that you can decide for yourself what suits you better.
Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of solar power and traditional grid power
Direct vs indirect
One of the major differences between solar power and grid power is the former is available to you directly from the sunrays and the latter is made available to you indirectly by your utility provider.
Accessing solar power grid straight from the source, read sun rays, makes more sense than spending money on paying for it to the local power plant.
When you can get it free of cost directly from the sunrays, it does provide a huge advantage as it is not just freely available but also reduces your dependency on your utility provider.
The cost of installation
This is a major factor that keeps people from investing in a solar power system. These costs involve the purchase and installation of solar panels, inverters, and batteries.
It may seem to be a disadvantage, to begin with. But if you look at the savings it will bring to you in terms of reduced or no electricity bills, then the one-time investment in your solar power system seems justified.
Even if you are not able to go off-grid completely due to a higher power consumption, you will definitely have to spend less on your electricity bills when a large share of your power needs are taken care of by the freely available off the grid solar energy.
Solar energy is produced from the sun rays making it a renewable source of power. As long as the sun exists, you will never be out of solar energy.
But the same cannot be said about traditional grid power.
We all know the grid power is produced from the burning of fossil fuels, which are fast depleting. It may not take long for us to run out of fossil fuels. After that, we would anyway have to depend on solar energy to power up our homes.
If that’s the case, then why not converse the fossil fuels from now and use them more judiciously so that they last longer? One of the ways to do this is to use solar energy as your primary source of electricity so that the use of fossil fuels can be minimized.
Continuous vs interrupted supply
Most people are not sure whether an off grid solar power system would provide a continuous electricity supply to their homes. “What if the solar power system runs out of electricity?” This concern keeps them from taking a step to install environment-friendly solar energy.
Well… This may be true to some extent as on grid solar energy can be produced only when the panels are exposed to the sunrays. So, there is a chance that the system will run out of power when the sunshine is poor.
But luckily, the solar power systems, we have today, have managed to overcome this flaw.
They have a provision for in-build or externally attached batteries in which the extra unused energy can be stored. So, on the days, the solar panels do not receive adequate sunlight, your house will still receive electricity from the stored energy.
The issue could still be a concern only for those who reside in regions that have very long winters and poor sunshine in most months of the year.
However, even grid power is not completely reliable in this regard. You may have to go without power, sometimes for several days, when the energy supply is interrupted due to harsh weather conditions like storms and floods.
So, overall, both grid power and solar energy may not ensure continuous power supply and this could partly be blamed on the specific weather conditions.
No, the sun won’t charge you with surge pricing like your grid power supplier can. Also, solar energy will continue to be freely available to us, unlike grid power that will have you paying more and more as your provider raises the electricity charges. This again makes solar power more cost-efficient than grid power.
Impact on the environment
Since grid power is produced from burning fossil fuels, it results in the emission of gases that could be harmful to our environment. The generation of solar energy does not involve any such mechanisms making it safer and environment friendly.
Most of the factors that you need to consider for choosing between solar power and grid power go in the favor of the former.
Solar power is the need of the hour.
Sooner or later, we will have to make a switch to off grid solar power solutions given the limited resources available to produce conventional grid power. So, why wait?
The sooner you make the switch, the higher would be the savings and the better would be the impact on the environment.