With energy prices expected to increase by 50 percent on average in 2022, it’s likely you’ve been considering investing in solar energy. Before you do that, though, it’s a good idea to research a bit more into both the advantages and disadvantages of solar. You don’t want to get too far into your investment and run into a nasty surprise.
Read on to learn about some solar power pros and cons.
Solar Power Pros and Cons For Finances
Connecting your home to a personal solar energy system can save you a lot on your electricity bill. If your panels are efficient enough and your energy consumption low enough, you may not spend anything on energy at all. In addition, you can even get a small tax break for sending excess energy back into the grid.
Unfortunately, though, all of this money saving can come with a high cost at the start. In Missouri, the average cost of a 5-kilowatt system can total a whopping $15,000 to $25,000. While this will eventually pay for itself with energy savings, it will take a long time.
Luckily, there are ways to reduce the cost of solar systems. Missouri has rebate programs that will give homeowners tax breaks if they install solar. There are also plenty of types of solar systems that are cheaper (though less efficient) than others.
For Environmental Concerns
Most of our current energy generation methods use fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas. The process of burning these releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These cause the Earth’s temperature to rise.
Solar systems do not need fossil fuels to generate electricity. Therefore, you can feel proud that your energy consumption is not contributing to climate change.
However, not everything about solar power is environmentally friendly. The production of solar panels uses metals. The process of gaining these materials consumes energy and often causes environmental destruction.
For Energy Production
Missouri gets a lot of sun per year on average. This will help your solar panels generate a large amount of energy. However, your energy production rates can fluctuate a lot more than you may think.
If days are partly cloudy, you may find that your system generates far less than on a sunny day. In addition, incorrect solar panel positioning or placing it under a shadow can also cause production loss. Be sure that you calculate your potential energy gains as accurately as possible.
Hire Us for Your Kansas City Solar Needs
As these solar power pros and cons have shown you, there may be some sacrifices that you need to make for a solar system. However, many of them can be mitigated somewhat and/or are outweighed by the benefits.
If you’re ready to have a solar system installed on your Kansas City home, consider our services. At Browning Electric, we strive to provide solar systems services that are beyond the expectations of the customer. We also offer 25-year warranties on our panels and 10-year workmanship warranties.
Contact us today to learn more about our solar services.