Solar Energy vs. Fossil Fuels: Some Quick Pros and Cons

Are you thinking about going solar? It might seem like a big decision that requires a lot of research. Don’t worry – you can start right here!


Are you thinking about going solar? It might seem like a big decision that requires a lot of research. Don’t worry – you can start right here! We’ve listed some solar energy pros and cons below. Let’s look at the pros of solar energy first. There are a ton of good reasons to begin using solar energy. We’re biased, of course, but we’re not wrong. Home solar energy Sungevity has many benefits, and here are just a few.

5 Benefits of Solar Energy

1. Save Money

An easy way to eliminate your electric bill is to switch to solar. The main factors are the size of your solar energy system and the amount of sun that hits your home. If the amount of energy generated is more than you consume, your utility bill will be free. Even if you do not eliminate your electric bill completely, using solar energy will drastically lower the monthly cost.

2. Affordable to Maintain

There’s very little that needs to be done in order to maintain your solar energy system. Solar panels only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. And you can do this yourself or hire a cleaning company for a low service fee. Also, solar panels never need to be moved, so there’s little wear and tear.

3. Qualify for Tax Breaks and Incentives

When you install solar panels, you may qualify for local, state and federal tax benefits. Homeowners who purchase a solar system can claim a percentage of the installation cost as a federal tax credit – up to 26% as long as you switch before Dec. 31, 2020!

4. Easy on the Environment

Switching to solar energy helps fight climate change. Solar energy is environmentally friendly, doesn’t harm our ozone layer, and doesn’t require stripping our landscape for resources. Solar energy reduces our reliance on non-renewable, non-friendly energy sources such as coal.

5. Solar Energy is Everywhere

You’ll never have to worry about a shortage of solar energy. Right now the earth receives 173,000 terawatts of sunlight continuously, which is about 10,000 times more power than is needed for everyone on the planet. Some folks do have their objections, though. It’s worth keeping in mind the following when considering the switch to solar…

3 Cons of Solar Energy

1. Expensive to Get Started?

The biggest cost of a solar system is usually up front. But Sungevity can help you out there, and some homeowners qualify for free installation. Also, you can use your new tax incentives to recoup the initial costs. And if you don’t have the capital up front to get started, you can get a solar loan or a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for affordable monthly payments. Any way you slice it, you’ll pay less than you do for electricity each month anyway, and over time the solar system will more than pay for itself.

2. Takes Up Space?

To save the most money, you’ll need as many solar panels as possible to collect the most sunlight. If you don’t have enough room on your roof, many people also install solar panels in their yard. If there’s no extra yard space, that’s ok. In the end, you’ll still be saving money and that’s a good thing.

3. Dependent on Weather?

Good news, solar panels still collect energy even on dark and cloudy days. Your solar system’s efficiency will only be slightly lower than normal. Even in bad weather, you’ll pay less than you
would with electricity from fossil fuels, like your current utility company.

3 Disadvantages Of Fossil Fuels

Examples of fossil fuels include natural gas, petroleum and coal. Most people use these for energy consumption as they have been a reliable and affordable source of energy for a long time. But that reputation is fading quickly…

1. Unsustainable

Because of the high demand for fossil fuels, we are using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. Switching to solar energy is a great way to cut down on the overall usage of fossil fuels

2. Non-renewable

It takes literally millions of years for fossil fuels to naturally replenish themselves. This translates to only a limited amount of fossil fuel reserves for our usage.

3. Polluting

Burning fossil fuels is not at all environmentally friendly. This accelerates climate change in several ways, mainly by creating harmful gas emissions when used for electricity. Additionally, there have been oil spills which polluted our environment and harmed wildlife. The pros of solar energy outweigh the cons of solar energy, as well as the cons of fossil fuels. If you’re interested in switching to solar, get in touch with us! Reach out to Sungevity to inquire further about solar for your home.