In a generic way, we understand solar energy as that energy that the sun provides us through its radiation.
Put into practice, when talking about solar energy, we are talking about that useful energy that is generated through a transformation process, mainly electrical energy or thermal energy, thanks to that main source of energy that is solar radiation.
In recent years we have witnessed a process in which solar energy has become one of the most used renewable energies in the world, mainly due to the large number of advantages it accumulates and that we are going to tell you about in this article.
Much of the increase in the use of solar energy comes from the possibility that anyone can use it at home and produce clean and cheap energy for their own consumption.
If you want to know the 7 main benefits of solar energy, read on.
Benefit 1. Caring for the environment.
Along with the savings, it is the main advantage of this type of energy and the one that makes many people decide to finally undertake the installation of a solar thermal or photovoltaic power generation system for their home.
Renewable energies not only do not pollute, but also have a low environmental impact by not using combustion processes in their transformation into energy that can be used, contrary to the use of non-renewable energy sources that use fossil fuels.
Benefit 2. It is accessible to everyone.
It is accessible and has a high availability component, taking into account that the sun rises every day.
Contrary to what it may seem, having more hours of sunshine is not synonymous with a greater use of solar energy as an energy source, since the Scandinavian countries initiated plans to transform fossil energy sources into renewable energy.
Sweden, Denmark are good examples of policies that promote the implementation of renewable energy at all levels and especially Germany, which is the country with the highest capacity to produce solar energy in the world.
Benefit 3. Self-sufficiency.
The possibility of self-supply has led many people to decide on the installation of photovoltaic solar energy generation panels.
The cost savings in areas where there is no possibility of connection to the electricity grid is considerable.
This, together with the factor of having independence from the electrical network in cases in which the connection is not good because it is located in rural, isolated areas or mainly outside the commercial circuit of the electrical network, has meant that the number of installations has increased by the last years.
It should be noted that in these cases, the installation projects also include the installation of batteries capable of storing all the energy produced and not consumed.
Benefit 4. It’s easy to share.
Thanks to the installation of precisely these batteries, it is energy that is very easy to share.
It is common for us to undertake projects of photovoltaic energy installations in neighboring communities, so that the expense is divided among all the residents of the community, at the same time that all of them benefit from the energy generated by common solar panels.
Benefit 5. Savings and more savings.
Saving is the main reason that pushes most people to undertake projects to install solar panels in homes, communities, factories, etc.
Although they are projects that require an investment that anyone could consider as high, the savings achieved in the electricity bill, when the system is operating at full capacity, makes it totally recommendable.
The amortization period of the investment destined to the installation is increasingly reduced and once the investment is amortized, all the rest is savings.
You should also take into account that town halls, county councils and regional governments offer subsidies for the installation of renewable energy projects.
Depending on where you live, you can also benefit from them.
Benefit 7. It is inexhaustible (or almost).
It is an inexhaustible source of energy, at least until the sun goes out. Scientists’ forecasts suggest that it has hydrogen reserves to shine for at least 4.5 billion more years.
Solar panels work 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and even when it is cloudy they are capable of obtaining energy from the sun, transforming it into photovoltaic or thermal energy and storing it for when it must be used.
Although it is true that the ability to generate energy at full capacity is linked to certain hours of the day, in which the activity is greater and also conditioned by the season of the year in which we are.
We could list a few others, but as advantages or benefits, we highlight these 7 main benefits of solar energy.
You can ask us if you have questions about the suitability of this type of facility for your specific case.