Wind or Solar- What is the renewable energy of the future?


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One of the best ways to save money on your electricity bills while reducing your impact on the environment is to install a renewable energy system on your property. Often your choice will be between solar and wind energy.

If you’d like to install a renewable energy system on your house or business, solar is usually the best choice.

In the United States, wind power has been significantly more popular than solar. Out of all the renewable energy produced in the U.S. in 2019, 24% came from wind, while 9% came from solar power. Utilities and large-scale operations heavily utilize wind energy while homeowners prefer solar energy. Wind is still largely seen as a more powerful and consistent energy source, yet others see solar power leading the way for homeowners and companies big and small in the next era of renewable energy. Renewable Rayna is here with the answers why!


PRICE

The production and installation of solar panels has traditionally been a high financial burden, but the cost of contracting solar power is gradually rising. Also, the fact that individuals and organizations can enjoy a substantial federal tax break which makes the purchase and installation of the solar power system significantly more feasible. Solar power is also projected to fall to half the cost of conventional fuel sources over the next decade.


POWER

Though solar has not reached the level of popularity in the utility scale world now as wind, it is generally seen as a more practical renewable option for generating residential and commercial energy. An experiment by Inland Power & Light, a Pacific Northwest utility, highlights the residential solar’s competitive advantages. Following a lot of questions on the advantages of solar vs. wind energy for homes, the utility eventually constructed both technologies at its corporate headquarters in Spokane, Washington to provide their customers with a clear response. Their result: The solar panels generated about five times as much electricity as the wind turbine over the course of 14 months.


PRODUCTION

When it comes to space, wind turbines are far more contentious than their solar counterparts as they take up an enormous mass and can be seen for miles; solar panels are more unassuming and thus less disruptive to urban and rural landscapes. A typical wind turbine for mere residential use is about 80 feet tall, and it must be in the path of some serious wind in order to produce power efficiently. Most installers suggest sites with an average wind speed of 12 miles or more per hour. Adversely, solar panels can be installed on virtually any roof as well as on the ground, and still produce ample power to meet your energy needs.

Since 2010, Arkansas has an average wind speed of 7.6 miles an hour, while we are the eleventh sunniest state in the United States with a minimum of 4.5 peak sun hours a day and a total of over 9 hours a day of sunshine year round when energy demand is at its peak.


PLACEMENT

Like wind turbines, the source of solar power can be from anywhere, including urban areas. No business or homeowner can expect to stick a wind turbine in the middle of Downtown Little Rock or other urban areas, but it is already a reality to build solar-paneled offices in densely populated areas. Smaller companies who cannot afford wind turbines have a better chance of joining their larger peers in the green movement because of the flexible scale of solar solutions.

Whatever renewable energy option you are considering, it’s always a good idea to compare multiple offers before making a final decision.