7 Benefits of Solar Energy

There must be a reason to explain why solar energy has spread so fast in the last decade. Technology, which used to be exclusive and expensive, is nowadays affordable to a wider audience and solar panels are a lot more efficient than they used to be. The potential of solar power is as infinite as the energy of the sun. Here we list 7 benefits that could easily explain the rise of solar power.
7 benefits solar panels

Solar energy is clean

Environmental awareness has become a trending topic in the last decades. More people and governments are concerned about climate change and this presents a great opportunity for renewable sources of energy. Solar energy relies exclusively on the energy of the sun and solar panels manage to convert sunlight directly into electricity. No water is used in this process and no toxic gases or noise are released either. This is a strong advantage that places solar energy in the top favorite amongst other sources of energy.

Solar energy is easy to install

Contrary to other sources of energy, including some renewable sources like geothermal power, solar energy technologies are easy to install. This applies both for solar panels and for solar thermal systems. You simply need an installer to spend some hours on your roof (if you chose a roof-mounted system) and the work is done. You can even install your own panels (DIY) and save some money on the installation. In this last case you should check what the conditions for the panels’ warranty are. Also before you install your panels you should have your home inspected by a contractor like ABC Roofing. This will ensure that your home can safely support them

No maintenance required

If you follow the right steps and manage to properly install the solar system, then you can almost forget about it. It is enough to have the system checked once a year by a specialist and to make sure that the panels are not covered by heavy leaves or other stuff that might block the sunlight.

Solar energy will save you money
Once you have your system installed, you will start saving money on your electricity bills. Solar panels will cover most (if not all) of your electricity demand if you install the right system size. Furthermore, the Feed in Tariff means that apart from saving money, you will make money with your solar system. You electricity supplier will pay you for every unit of electricity your system produces. If you produce more than you use, you can sell this electricity back to the grid and get a bonus payment.

Solar panels don’t need direct sunlight

Although its name might suggest the contrary, solar panels do not need direct sunlight to work. Photovoltaics are significantly efficient with daylight, which means solar panels are effective also in grey countries like England. However, it is true that the more sunlight the panels receive, the higher the output of the system. This should be taken into account when installing the panels, since they should be facing the sun and not covered by any tree or building shade.

Long average life span

Another very interesting advantage of solar panels relies on their long life span. Solar panels are easy to install, and last for more than 30 years. Most suppliers offer guarantees of 25 years but your system will still be considerably efficient years after the guarantee expires. This benefit gets more interesting if we take into account the Feed In Tariff, which is granted for 20 years. After this period you will still have free electricity and thus savings on your bills.

Job creation

Since solar energy industry has grown so fast in the last decade, many jobs have been created in this sector and in renewable energy in general. New large-scale solar projects mean thousands of jobs, qualified and not qualified, which in turn mean an economic boost to the area where the project is located. Moreover, as solar panel technologies improve and the devices get more efficient, more people will be attracted to this source of energy and therefore more jobs will be created.


  1. For me, the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to solar energy. One of the biggest benefits is that it has a long life span. Like you say, they can last for more than 25 years. To me, that kind of durability can’t be beat.

  2. I agree that solar energy is much cleaner than traditional sources. I would imagine that if you are trying to be more environmentally aware it would be beneficial to go solar. My husband and I are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint so we’ll have to consider installing solar panels to help with this.

  3. I didn’t realize that solar panels could last for 30 years! I’ve always thought going solar would be great, but I assumed it would be too expensive to upkeep. The fact that you mentioned how solar panels require little maintenance and can last me so long makes me think it would actually be a financially feasible option for me to pursue.

  4. Hey dear, Thanks for your great article. I think among all the benefits of solar panels, the most important thing is that solar energy is a truly renewable energy source. It can be harnessed in all areas of the world and is available every day. We cannot run out of solar energy, unlike some of the other sources of energy. Solar energy will be accessible as long as we have the sun, therefore sunlight will be available to us for at least 5 billion years when according to scientists the sun is going to die.

  5. It’s great to know that it only needs to be checked by a specialist at least once a year. This is really low maintenance while cutting us energy costs. I will suggest having some installed in our home especially that the electricity bills almost doubled for the past three months ever since the Christmas season.

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