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Advantages of Solar Cell | Disadvantages of Solar Cell

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Solar Cell. It mentions Solar Cell advantages and Solar Cell disadvantages.

Advantages of Solar Cell

Following are the advantages of Solar Cell:
➨A solar plant is basically a re-newable power source. Hence it is not harmful to the environment.
➨It is very easy to operate compare to other power sources of re-newable type.
➨It does not produce any noise as it does not have any moving parts.
➨It does not generate emissions or radiations.
➨It does not require fuels or water to produce electricity.
➨Solar cells have longer life, about 30 years.
➨PV cells operate in cloudy weather conditions also.
➨It is very cost effective.
➨It needs less capital investment.
➨It is easy to maintain and it requires lower maintenance.
➨Solar cells based plant is based on modular architecture and hence it can be used as small size power source as well as large size power source.

Disadvantages of Solar Cell

Following are the disadvantages of Solar Cell:
➨It can not be used in absence of the light from any source.
➨It incurs very high initial cost for installation.
➨During cloudy weather, less power is being generated.
➨Very large geographical area is needed in order to deploy solar panels or cells.
➨Off grid applications require energy storage.
➨Photo-Voltaic solar cells generate direct current (DC). It requires DC appliances or inverters (to convert DC to AC) for use with solar cells based plants.

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