Solar verses wind efficiency
- Inland Power and Light of Washington State compared wind to solar and found that solar offered more bang for the buck when they placed.
"The utility bought a 35-foot wind turbine and a bank of solar panels. The systems are representative of technology scaled to individual homeowner use, Damiano said. Each cost from $22,000 to $24,000 to install.
"It seems counterintuitive, but a recent test by Washington state-based Inland Power and Light shows solar panels outperforming wind turbines by a factor of five.
"Across much of the nation, and particularly the northern quadrant, wind seems to be perpetually present, blowing dust into our homes and barbecue smoke into our eyes."
On first blush, the results look abyssmal for wind, however, the turbine that they installed require 12 mph to produce electricity. Perhaps if they had installed smaller turbines that produced electricity in smaller wind, they may have gotten different results.
You can google to find more info about the test, which was conducted in the fairly windy east of the Cascades region of Washington. Here is a link to the article:
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