Solar vs Wind Energy: Which is Right for Your Home?


| 5/5/2016 12:24:00 PM


Tags: home energy, off grid living, solar power, wind power, Vikram Aggarwal, Massachusetts,

solar vs wind energy

Installing a renewable energy system on your property is one of the best ways to save money on your electricity bills while reducing your impact on the environment. If you’re a homeowner weighing your renewable energy options, you already know that thorough research is the best way to find the right system for your home. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of residential wind vs. solar power so that you can make your decision with confidence.

Comparing Wind Energy vs. Solar Energy for Home Usage

At the national level in the United States, wind power is significantly more popular than solar. Out of all the renewable energy produced in the U.S. in 2015, 19 percent came from wind, while just 6 percent came from solar power. For utilities and other large-scale power producers, wind power can be an efficient and effective way to cleanly generate electricity.

The primary benefit of wind over solar power for your home is that wind turbines aren’t dependent on sunlight. This means that they have the ability to generate power 24 hours a day, whereas solar panels only generate power during sunlight hours. Wind come with a significant caveat, however: in order to be effective, wind turbines need to be situated high above any obstacles that would block the wind. 

A typical wind turbine for residential use is about 80 feet tall, and it needs to be in the path of some serious wind to produce power efficiently. Most installers recommend sites with average wind speeds of at least 12 miles per hour. If you live in a rural, windy area with lots of open space and few obstructions blocking the wind’s path, then installing wind turbines at your property can be a great option for renewable energy production.

In contrast, solar panels can be installed on almost any roof, as well as on the ground, and still produce enough power to meet the majority of your electricity needs. In the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, the average solar shopper met 84 percent of their annual electricity needs with solar in 2015.




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