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Pros and Cons of Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Panels

What are the Pros and Cons of Solar PV?

Viability of Solar PVLike most things in life there are pros and cons to renewable energy including solar panels.  Here we will explain the benefits of installing Solar PV as well as some of negative aspects which you should also be aware of.  We will assume that you chose a reputable installer who will only use quality products.

Cons of Solar PV

  • Unpredictable
    Due to our climate it’s impossible to predict with accuracy how much electricity you will produce and when it will be generated.
  • Maximum generation is when you least require it
    The peak times of production are daylight hours May through to October, the times of generation are generally when most people are out at work and are not consuming the electricity they produce.
  • Aesthetics
    Installing Solar Panels on your property changes the appearance of your property for many this is a negative aspect of generating your own electricity from Solar PV.

Pros of Solar PV

  • You receive an income
    You get paid for the electricity you generate which is tax free and index linked for 20 years giving you a good return on investment, typically 10% – 12%.
  • You reduce your energy bills
    Even if you don’t use all the electricity you produce you will use some of it which will reduce your electricity bills
  • You reduce your carbon footprint 
    A typical 4kWp system (16 panels) will produce 3434kWh of electricity p.a. which equates to 1.8 tonnes CO2 saved p.a.We believe that pros of a well sited Solar PV system far outway the cons and the development of new products such as the ImmerSun and the Solar PV Battery Backup System  go a long way to helping you use more of the electricity you generate reducing the largest downside to installing Solar PV.

 

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James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.