i'm trying to do a feature- benefit chart for solar energy. can i get some features? ex. it's waterproof, environmentally friendly, etc. it would also be great if you brought some benefits along with those features but it isn't really necessary. thanks.
Solar energy collection produces no emissions whatsoever. Solar energy collection consumes no fossil fuels. Solar energy collection makes electricity out of energy that is otherwise not collected at all. Passive solar energy collection has no moving parts. The principal materials required to manufacture solar energy collectors are among the most common materials on earth.
Of course, manufacture of solar electric panels has some energy use, some fossil fuel use, some pollution, and some waste, but not very much more so than any other current energy production method and quite a bit less than for some. Installation and maintenance of solar collectors also has costs, again usually not more than, say, the same wattage in coal burning power plants. Active solar systems, which use a medium to store heat overnight and through overcast days, have some of the same issues as any thermal electric generation scheme.
One feature of solar power is that it is available only during local daylight hours, and then only when the skies are not overcast with stratus clouds. This is considered a drawback.