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What’s the Difference? Solar Power vs. Wind Power

Solar power and wind power are both renewable energy systems that can help you save money on your electricity bills and create a healthier environment. Knowing the differences between the two can help you make the right decision for your home. Wind energy is most popular in the United States. In 2016, 20 percent of the renewable energy produced was from wind and 7 percent was from solar. Large scale corporations prefer wind energy while residential homeowners prefer solar energy.

Let’s learn more about the differences between solar power and wind power, and why solar is a better option for residential properties.

Wind Turbines and Solar Panels

The number one benefit of wind power is that it doesn’t rely on the sun. Energy can be generated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowy, rainy, or cloudy. But, there is a trade off for this flexibility. Solar panels can be neatly installed on most rooftops, as well as on the ground, but wind turbines cannot. They need to be positioned out of the way of any obstacles.

If you were interested in wind energy, a rural property would be best. You would need large, open areas with wind speeds of at least 6-9 mph. Unfortunately, if you live in a traditional suburb with lots of neighbors and shopping centers, or in the city, a wind turbine doesn’t make sense. There are too many obstructions that would interfere with generating electricity.

Moving Parts and Maintenance

Another consideration to wind energy is that wind turbines have moving parts. These parts do get wear and tear over time and do require maintenance. Solar systems, on the other hand, need very little attention. They have long lifespans and no moving components. Plus, if you choose to lease yours from a solar provider like All Season Solar, you don’t have to worry about the maintenance; it will be done for you.

Location and Applications

Both solar and wind power are excellent renewable energy sources. One is not better than the other, it simply comes down to the location of your home or building and its application. Large scale applications do best with wind turbines because of the amount of energy produced. For small scale applications, solar power is the best option. Panels can be installed on almost any home or building, including those that don’t receive direct sunlight, and achieve success.

Still deciding if solar power is right for you? Call AllSeason Solar today to learn more about your options.