Considering Solar? Check out Dean's List of Advantages and Disadvantages!


    • Solar power is pollution free and causes no greenhouse gases to be emitted after installation
    • Reduced dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels
    • Renewable clean power that is available every day of the year, even cloudy days produce some power
    • Return on investment unlike paying for utility bills
    • Virtually no maintenance as solar panels last over 30 years
    • Creates jobs by employing solar panel manufacturers, solar installers, etc. and in turn helps the economy
    • Excess power can be sold back to the power company if grid inter-tied
    • Ability to live grid free if all power generated provides enough for the home / building
    • Can be installed virtually anywhere; in a field to on a building
    • Use batteries to store extra power for use at night
    • Solar can be used to heat water, power homes and building, even power cars
    • Safer than traditional electric current
    • Efficiency is always improving so the same size solar that is available today will become more efficient tomorrow
    • Aesthetics are improving making the solar more versatile compared to older models; i.e. printing, flexible, solar shingles, etc.
    • Federal grants, tax incentives, and rebate programs are available to help with initial costs


    • High initial costs for material and installation and long ROI
    • Needs lots of space as efficiency is not 100% yet
    • No solar power at night so there is a need for a large battery bank
    • Some people think they are ugly (I am definitely not one of those!)
    • Devices that run on DC power directly are more expensive
    • Depending on geographical location the size of the solar panels vary for the same power generation
    • Cloudy days do not produce much energy
    • Solar panels are not being massed produced due to lack of material and technology to lower the cost enough to be more affordable
    • Solar powered cars do not have the same speeds and power as typical gas powered cars
    • Lower production in the winter months

There is more solar power that hits the earth every day then the current population can use in a year. Let’s keep working to harness this great power and put it to good use. What do you think?

For more information, check out Dean's preferred Solar Panel company - SunLux

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