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Advantages of Solar Energy

Words by Nick Aster
Data & Technology
This post is derived from RP Siegel's post Solar Photovoltaics: Pros and Cons and concerns photovoltaics specifically. advantages of solar energyEnough sunlight falls on the Earth in one hour, to meet the world’s energy demand for a year, if it could be collected. Let's break down some of the simple advantages of solar energy: Advantages of Solar Energy
  • Clean energy. No combustion. No greenhouse gas emission from use.
  • Inexhaustible and abundant “fuel” supply
  • Available nearly everywhere
  • Well suited for distribution generation
  • Technology exists today and is rapidly improving
  • Generates electricity directly from sunlight
  • No moving parts required
  • Power generation is silent. No noise or pollution.
  • Little or no transmission required
  • Matches up well with air-conditioning need
  • Require minimal maintenance
  • Grants and incentives are sometimes available
  • Excess heat can be used for co-generation
What about the disadvantages of solar energy? Besides the relatively clear cut pros and cons of solar PV, there are also the transformative socio-economic impacts of moving from centralized to distributed power generation. There is clearly a technical advantage, since efficiency losses associated with long range transmission are eliminated, as are, possibly hundreds of miles of power lines that now crisscross the landscape. Lost would be certain economies of scale and centralized control. Distributed power generation is more resilient against large-scale blackouts as well as acts of terror, though it could mean a change in business models for today’s utilities. Find out what it takes to put solar on your home.
Nick Aster

Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit. <br /><br />

TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. It was acquired in 2017 by 3BLMedia, the leading news distribution and content marketing company focused on niche topics including sustainability, health, energy, education, philanthropy, community and other social and environmental topics.
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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He also worked for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.<br /><br />

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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