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You are an owner/manager addressing the energy needs of your company.

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You are an owner/manager addressing the energy needs of your company. In doing research, you discover the following list of pros and cons of solar energy at http://www.clean-energy-ideas.com/articles/pros_and_cons_of_solar_energy.html. You want to make a decision soon, and you want to make the best decision regarding the use of solar energy. There are many ways to view this situation. For instance, your company uses natural gas, and there is an ample supply. You have an investment in the current technology (ownership), and there is no perceived pressing need to convert (procrastination). However, you know that you are polluting, and you wish to reduce your carbon footprint (options). What will be the likely impact of procrastination, ownership, and options on your evaluation of the pros and cons of solar energy? How will you reduce the negative impact of procrastination, ownership, and options on your decision?;Pros;Solar panels do not pollute. The only pollution produced from solar panels is the manufacturing of these devices in factories, transportation of the goods, and installation.;The production of energy from the use of fossil and some renewable fuels (e.g. wind turbines) can be noisy, yet solar energy produces electricity very quietly.;One of the great pros of solar energy is the ability to harness electricity in remote locations that are not linked to a national grid. A prime example of this is in space, where high-efficiency solar cells power satellites.;The installation of solar panels in remote locations is usually much more cost-effective than laying the required high-voltage wires.;Solar energy can be very efficient in a large area of the globe, and new technologies allow for a more efficient energy production on overcast/dull days.;Solar panels can be installed on top of many rooftops, which eliminates the problem of finding the required space for solar panel placement.;Another great pro of solar energy is the cost. Although the initial investment of solar cells may be high, once installed, they provide a free source of electricity, which will pay off in the future.;The use of solar energy to produce electricity allows the user to become less dependent on the world?s fossil fuel supplies.;Cons;The major con of solar energy is the initial cost of solar cells. Currently, prices of highly efficient solar cells can be above $1,000, and some households may need more than one. This makes the initial installation of solar panels very costly.;Solar panels are only able to generate electricity during daylight hours. This means that for around half of each day, solar panels are not producing energy for your home.;The weather can affect the efficiency of solar cells.;Pollution can be a con of solar energy, as pollution levels can affect a solar cells efficiency, this would be a major con for businesses or industry wishing to install solar panels in heavily polluted areas, such as cities.

 

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