With energy becoming more unreliable and expensive Nigerians are seeking to weigh up the pros and cons of running a generator or investing in a Solar Home System. Solar and generators can both provide energy but there is a huge difference between them. Which are;
1. Long Term Cost: Many people go for the
lower up-front cost of purchasing a generator. However, in the long term, generators are significantly more expensive to run as they require life-long fueling and maintenance. The well-designed solar system does require an initial investment but saves users millions of naira over its lifespan.
2. Constant Power: Most Nigerian homes can only afford to run a generator for between 4-6 hours a day. Once installed a Solar Power system provides constant, reliable 24-Hours power.
3. Health and Environmental Impact: It is safe to say that among the two power sources solar is the considerably more health friendly option. Solar Power does not produce any fumes and can improve your health outcomes and environment. Generators which are major source of environmental pollution have the opposite effect – emitting carbon monoxide that can lead to headaches, dizziness and even more serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
4. Placement: Solar panels are mainly placed on the roof and do not occupy any additional space on the ground. There is no need to spend money to create a space to house it. Generators, because of their hazardous nature, cannot be installed indoors and thereby need extra space outside with users incurring costs to build a shelter for it.
5. Public Use: Both Solar and generators can be used to power outdoor equipment such as street lights and billboards. They can also power events in parks and event centres. However, solar does so without emitting noise and fumes into the atmosphere.
6. Maintenance: On average, a generator requires servicing at least once every two months. A Solar Home System needs little maintenance. Panels may require hosing down with water during the Hammertan.
7. Energy Conservation: Solar energy helps in creating a culture of conserving energy which is lacking in an average Nigerian home/business setting. It is not unusual to find appliances that are left on when not in use. Solar users learn to monitor their energy usage throughout the day to ensure they enjoy constant power and make the most of their investment.
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