So-So Solar


Solar. Of course solar energy is being promoted globally and in the US. It has its ups and downs. You’re probably wondering why the title is “So-So Solar.” For example, a disadvantage to investing in solar panels is it’s expensive to have them installed, but in the long run, you have clean, green energy to use.

A National Geographic blog post by solar panel manufacturer about MiaSolé by Daniel Kammen gives reasons why the U.S. should save this company, not only to save them, but also give an advantage to having a greener future. Long story short, the blog post offers some persuasive facts on how and why we should save the company. Kammen’s blog post gives some ups and downs to solar energy. Solar energy has many advantages:

  • Clean
  • Cost Efficient
  •  Environmentally and Economically Friendly
  • It’s abundant
  • Renewable source of energy; all of the power comes from the sun
  • If you invest in solar once, the energy is unlimited
  • Cost Effective – the sun is free. NO charge for it.
  • The Price of installation can be high, but in the long run it’s worth it.
  • The cost of the equipment is also declining due to advantages in technology.
  • The prices of fossil fuels are on the rise and will continue to grow.
  • The actual cost of solar energy for homes are low
  • Power bills can be reduced by selling back power to energy companies


In a perfect world, solar would be really cheap and everyone would carpool and use electric cars and such, but sadly that isn’t the case. Solar has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the important ones.

Some Solar energy disadvantages are:

– Initial cost of installation is expensive

– Weather or air pollution can interfere by causing it to be difficult harvest the suns’ energy.

Personally, I think solar energy is a great idea for restaurant chains, and even small businesses. Maybe even your own homes. I talked to my parents about using solar energy, or even using the green plan that our energy company offers. In conclusion, if solar energy doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, just give it a try! i’m positive that you will make the big switch.


4 responses to “So-So Solar”

  1. davidc0017 says :

    I love this post because I think Solar is the way to go. The amazing thing is that even though the initial cost is expensive, studies show that these costs would pay themselves back within 5 years. Great post.

  2. kmlewis1234567890 says :

    Good post Chelsea. I agree solar has its “pros and cons” and the main reason I believe is it takes so many solar panels that cost so much to generate as much electricity. If solar panels could advance and become even more efficient and produce more energy per panel they might do better.

  3. annah0017 says :

    Yes, it would be lovely if everyone used solar panels to generate energy. However, it takes so much effort, and is so expensive–people think they have better things to do with their lives. Also, because of the price, only a select few can actually purchase panels. And what if it were a gray day? There are just too many variables currently for anyone to truly invest in solar energy.

  4. zaym0017 says :

    I agree with you, Chelsea, Solar is the way to go, but think about when the sun only will shine probably 8 hours in the winter… Will it be helpful then ?

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