Is it worth installing a photovoltaic system at home? Part 1

house with photovoltaic system

The benefits of the photovoltaic system have made it an excellent option as a source of electricity. However, as the old saying goes, “all that glitters is not gold“.

That is why, at the moment of deciding to install this system, it is necessary to consider the advantages of the photovoltaic or solar energy system and the disadvantages of the solar energy system.

Here is an analysis that will allow you to determine if it is worth installing a photovoltaic energy system in your home.

However, keep in mind that most of the disadvantages relate to the solar panels of the solar power system.

This analysis will be done in a different way than the conventional one, since rather than comparing the pros and cons, we will see what solution, if possible, can be given to each of the most critical disadvantages. Let’s begin.

Disadvantage: The photovoltaic system is very expensive to implement

investment in a photovoltaic system

While it is true that the equipment has high prices, it should also be clarified that they continually become cheaper, due to its massification, increased production and the entry of new manufacturers in the market.

The equipment that can demand more money are the solar panels because you may require a large number, this can be reduced by hiring the services of qualified companies that optimize the amount.

Likewise, you can share the loads between the solar energy system and the commercial network. This way you reduce the amount of solar power required.

As one of the advantages of the photovoltaic energy system is its flexibility, you can start by placing the minimum amount of solar panels you need for your current critical needs.

Subsequently, you can gradually increase that capacity by installing more solar panels, i.e., you can divide your system into modules.

In spite of the above, in the short and medium term you will recover your investment with the savings you obtain in your electricity bill.

Disadvantage: Requires periodic maintenance

Cleaning photovoltaic solar panel

The maintenance tasks are very simple, since they consist of cleaning the solar panels every 3 months, which you can do yourself with the proper precautions.

It is also recommended that the connections and equipment be checked annually by duly certified personnel.

You must keep in mind that all types of installations must be maintained and checked, so this point cannot be considered a disadvantage exclusive to photovoltaic systems.

Disadvantage: Solar panels require a very large area and can cause aesthetic problems

dimensions of solar panels for photovoltaic systems

The dimensions of the space required depend on the capacity of the solar power system, which defines the number and size of the solar panels.

On the other hand, you should know that it is possible to divide the panels into several smaller spaces, without major problems.

Regarding the aesthetic problems, we have that the solar panels look very technological, both in shape and color, which will give your house a very attractive futuristic look. So you should not worry in this regard.

Disadvantage: Solar panels are susceptible to physical damage

damaged photovoltaic solar panel

This includes damage caused by vandalism, hail and other natural phenomena.

In reality, this possibility is not greater than that of all roofs, on the other hand, they are built with materials that are not fragile. Obviously, they do not have the capacity to withstand great mechanical stresses.

On the other hand, there are several methods on the market to protect solar panels such as covers, methacrylate, wire mesh, among others.

In the post called Is it worth installing a solar energy system at home? Part 2?, we continue analyzing other factors of this critical issue, so that you have all the information you need to make a decision.

If you want to know more about solar energy systems and how they can benefit you, see our posts already published in energydcac. Also, we invite you to subscribe so you can be informed of our publications.

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