Wind Power vs. Solar Power

If you’re considering investing in a renewable energy source, you will typically have two viable options: wind or solar. Deciding which option is right for you can be a challenge because there isn’t one answer for everyone. Many buyers also combine wind and solar alternatives.

These are some of the factors to consider when evaluating small wind and solar as renewable energy options.

What are the zoning bylaws in your area?

Contacting your local government to obtain information on the zoning regulations is an import step as it could play a part in your decision. Talk with your municipality about any restrictions that might exist around the production and distribution of renewable energy as well as any height and noise restrictions in place and any limitations around the number of devices that may be installed on your property. Your installation will have to comply with all municipal, provincial, and federal requirements, so knowing those upfront will help you decide whether a small wind turbine or solar panels are feasible options.

What is your goal in producing renewable energy?

There are many different reasons why off-grid and remote communities, businesses, and rural landowners turn to renewable sources of energy. These may include: saving on the cost of power, generating clean energy, and enjoying passive income. Being clear about your goals and priorities will help to decide whether wind or solar is your best option. Per device, small wind turbines typically produce more energy than solar. But, but if your only requirement is to run a simple pump or heat a small structure, solar may provide enough energy for you to meet your requirements.

Where will your device be located?

The geographic location of the installation plays a large role in determining which renewable energy source will produce the best results. Considerations such as availability of wind and sun should be carefully analyzed.

The layout of the property also plays a significant role in determining the right option. Ensuring there are no other structures in the immediate area that may interfere with your device(s) and having enough land to accommodate your installation are two important factors.

What are your power requirements?

The amount of energy you wish to create will vary greatly based on what you want to accomplish with that energy. Similar to determining your goal in producing renewable energy, it’s important to know how much energy you will require and to translate that into your power requirements (kWh).

A thorough feasibility study will help you uncover the answers to many of these questions. As you consider which renewable energy source is right for you, educate yourself about small wind turbines and solar panels so your initiative to produce renewable energy is successful.