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Why is there a Lack of Support for Solar Power?
Despite being a clean, renewable energy source, solar
power has not caught on with homeowners. Even homeowners who have a strong
sense of environmental responsibility and who want to be
"eco-friendly" find it difficult to incorporate
solar home heating into
their homes. Why a lack of support for solar power? It's primarily
due to one factor: cost.
The cost of purchasing and installing solar panels can be too
much of a challenge for the average homeowner. And even when
government subsidies are available, they are too small to make
any real difference. It's true that solar powered systems --
even a smaller system, such as solar
water heating -- are capable of providing the energy needs
for a home, the initial investment is daunting... particularly
when it takes many years to recoup that investment before you
can start drawing energy for free.
Another issue is the efficiency of solar
cells. Maximum efficiency is somewhere around 40% - but so many
factors can affect it, like the amount of sunlight you get, dirty
panels, shade from trees or buildings, etc. The lower the efficiency,
the more panels you need to generate the amount of energy required
for your home. And the more panels you need, the higher the cost.
It's possible to find used solar panels on the market. The issue
is that because it's a relatively new product for homeowners, people
don't usually know how to "shop for" solar panels. They
don't know what questions to ask or what problems to look for, so
for "peace of mind", many would prefer to buy solar panels
new. And obviously, new panels cost much more than used ones.
It's also possible to build
your own solar panel to save money. But for people who are not
"do-it-yourself" types, the idea can be intimidating.
Finally, another reason why there's a lack of support for
solar power comes down to convenience. Simply, electricity is
readily available to millions of homes. It's simple to sit back
and enjoy this easily accessible source of energy. Solar energy
is a "green" alternative and one many homeowners would
love to try -- but until technology improves and costs come down,
it is likely to remain out of reach for the majority of homeowners.