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8 Reasons Why Solar Power Is Superior To Wind Power

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If you are looking at renewable energy options for power systems, it will likely come down to a decision between solar panels and wind turbines. Read on to discover eight compelling reasons to think that solar power is superior to wind power.

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penny C (83)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:08 am

Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:53 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:57 am
YAY! An article that mentions the very serious and real danger to birds {bats, too} of these blades. I don't care for wind power for this very reason. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:24 am
Continued consumption of fossil fuels will kill all life including birds on this planet. While some birds are at risk from wind turbines, we must exploit all alternative energy resources and transition quickly to a zero carbon civilization.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:35 am

Good reasons to continue to support solar power, though I think some areas need a combination of different forms of energy. We do not need to continue to use fossil fuels.

Paul Girardin (126)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:42 am
Noted & shared!

Rhonda Maness (580)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:51 am
Thanks Cher

Thomas P (280)
Monday January 28, 2013, 12:05 pm
Noted...thanks Cher

. (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 2:14 pm
Interesting article -thanks

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:14 pm
Fossil fuel is so 20th century, solar power is the only way to go!

Monica Demertsidis (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:33 pm

Ruth R (246)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:13 pm
I also -- like wood wind turbines and wood windmills. I still think that people will do well to use the energy sources that are good for the earth -- solar, wind, wave, carefully some geo-thermal --- as long as there are true environmental impact statements that state the effect on all the land, air, water, vegetation,and animal life in the area. These are all wonderful and developing energy resources.
From The article:
" 1) Solar panels need less monitoring
Wind turbines require very close monitoring and considerable preventative maintenance. In contrast, the main thing that you need to do in order to keep solar panels working well is to clean them thoroughly on a regular basis. This can be done with a basic cleaning kit.
2) Solar panels are less likely to be damaged by storms
When a storm hits your area, wind turbines can be critically damaged by lightning strikes or by strong gusts of wind. Solar panels are generally undisturbed by such weather conditions.
3) Solar panels take up less space
Most people simply chose to install their solar panels on the roof of a building, which requires very little space or restructuring of their property. In contrast, full-sized wind turbines are ideally installed in areas of more than half an acre, and are usually close to 42 feet tall. As a result, you will need to have a lot of space available for their installation.
4) Local authorities are often against wind turbines
You may have difficulty obtaining permission to even install any wind turbines in the first place. Unfortunately, it might be the case that your local government is concerned that turbines ruin the overall appearance of the landscape and that local people may complain about this (as well as the irritating noise of turbines). In contrast, solar panels are quite inconspicuous and are not generally thought to be eyesores.
5) It is easier to predict the energy generated by solar panels
According to recent data from NASA and BOM, something else that counts against wind turbines is the fact that they provide less predictable energy output.
6) Solar panels can provide better value for money in some areas
When you are in an area where wind speeds are lower, solar panels can provide you with more energy for the price you paid to install your equipment. Wind turbines require an average wind speed of at least ten miles per hour in order to produce energy, and are not very effective in areas where the wind speed tends to be less than twelve miles per hour.
7) Solar panels are silent
While it is true that some of the latest wind turbines are designed to be quieter, it is still the case that all turbines do make some noise. However, solar panels are entirely silent when absorbing sunlight and producing energy.
8) Solar panels are not dangerous to birds
Finally, it is an unfortunate fact that wind turbines can cause higher rates of bird mortality, as it is fairly easy for birds to collide with the blades. Solar panels pose no such risk to animals."

Natalie V (27)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:16 pm
noted, thanks

Carol H (229)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:49 pm
noted, thanks Cher

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:55 pm
Great post again Cher.

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:01 am
i would choose to use solar as a first choice.

Jaime A (52)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:13 am

Ro H (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:02 am

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:17 am
Noted, thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 9:25 am
This is very interesting, I think the biggest one is that they are silent. I have read so much about the terrible noise damage that they bring to local neighborhoods. I also think that solar panels are more portable options as well.

. (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:17 am
Noted. Showing respect for our earth-shows respect for all of its inhabitants..ty Cher and Ruth

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Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:53 am

Talya H (10)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:59 pm

Klaus Peters (14)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 8:20 am
Certainly Solar is better suited for suburban home owners. This is what I chose for our home. However, one is at the mercy of local government and electricity companies. They just want to screw you. A little rebate in the beginning and then they hit you. Why would I want to sell my power for 8 cents/kWh and buy my own power back for 28 cents/kWh and rising. To add insult to injury the power company asked me to be GREEN and pay extra for my own power to reduce my carbon footprint !?!?. Carbon buy back! No thank you, I already wiped my carbon footprint off the map and I am producing more power than I need for the benefit of our power company, who sell my excess at a higher price to "Green" customers.
As I see it, I am not a GREEN customer, because I do not buy my own power back for a higher price, even though I think I am green. After all, I produce double the kWh than I need for my own usage.
So, before making a huge investment one should check out local government and especially local greedy electricity companies, (in our country fired by coal!!!!!)
My smart meter has become a very useful tool to control overproduction of kWh's. (The two inverters are switched off for days, zero, eventually permanently) My second home will not be done, not worth the investment.
My green foot print is not so green anymore, because of the greedy coal power plants, who are screwing their customers, I have virtually no return on my $ 7700 investment and will not recommend it to my friends.
One good thing about solar panel is, they deflect heat (even when switched off) and that is my real power saving: I rarely use my aircon.
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