Solar power is the process of converting the energy of the sun and transforms it into electricity. According to research, the available solar energy that we received at the surface of the Earth has enough energy to power the entire world based on our consumption rate. The problem is how to gather this energy.
Collection of solar energy can be done in two major ways – solar thermal and photovoltaic solar cells. Either method demands that large amount of the sun’s light should be collected. This is why the amount of power generated depends on various factors such as latitude, season and time of day. Many homeowners are investing in solar power on the Gold Coast because of their favourable location and weather.
As with majority of the systems, there are pros and cons that come with solar power. This renewable source of energy can be used in almost all parts of the world. One of the major advantages is that it does not result to any form of pollution including noise, water and air. It also does not release any type of greenhouse gases. For bigger solar power plants, the local plant and wildlife might be disturbed because of the size of the system but it is still more environmental friendly compared to fossil fuels. The safety risks of solar power plants are also lower compared to fossil fuel. The operating cost is also much lower because sunlight does not cost a thing.
If there are advantages, there are also disadvantages and these are the reasons why it is not used as a major source of energy in the world. Since it depends on the sunlight to collect energy, solar panels are useless at night. The amount of energy gathered the entire day will also depend on the time and the season. Their conversion rate of sunlight to electricity is quite poor with majority of them at 20 per cent maximum.
Considering the pros and cons, many are still investing in solar power on the Gold Coast because the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. With time, this renewable source of energy can be improved for public use.