Oil vs. Solar

As a Scientist, I am only too aware of the biases that ensue when ‘so-called‘facts are presented. It is almost impossible for facts to be presented without a hidden agenda. However, I will attempt to introduce a few facts as a comparison between Oil and Solar in as natural a manner as possible. I will leave you to draw the conclusions and further hope to leave my bias at the door.


Solar Oil
Energy derived directly from the sun Energy derived from fossil fuel
Energy source will never be exhausted in our lifetime Energy source is finite and located in only certain locations in the earth
Energy must be converted into electricity or heat using solar converters such as photovoltaic cells, thermal cells, mirrors, or ovens. Energy must be converted into electricity or heat by the use of converters that use fire to burn the oil, such as: turbines, engines, and fire
Energy can be used directly Energy cannot be used directly
Converters are passive and once commissioned will operate for years without maintenance Converters are active and have several moving parts. These will require extensive maintenance to operate for extended periods
Energy is only directly available during the periods of sunshine Energy is available at all times as long as the fuel is available
Amount of energy decreases as the latitude increases The amount of energy produced is not a function of the location at which it is being used
Zero pollutions is produced by the converters Significant amount of pollution is produced by the use of fossil fuel
Zero health effects from the use of the solar converters The pollutions from the use of oil may cause respiratory and other health hazards
Energy produced by the converters may be stored in batteries, vats and hot water tanks No storage medium needed
Converters for transportation is limited as few electric vehicles are on the market Oil is the primary fuel for transportation
The levelized cost of energy for solar systems is now comparable to that of oil The levelized cost of energy for oil systems is now comparable to that of solar
The cost to install a solar system requires a capital expenditure The cost to install a new oil electric plant is much larger than a solar plant but most oil plants have already been established and operational
Solar electric plants are the only systems that can be developed and installed on any scale, small, medium of large Oil electric plants require extensive capital and are often only used for medium and large scale systems
Solar plants are the simplest to be installed and used the least amount of parts Oil plants are often significantly complicated and requires extensive training to develop