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Wind Vs. Solar — Which Renewable Energy is better?

4th October 2021  

With growing concern about the environment and sustainable development, everyone is focusing more and more on practices that achieve environmental conservation and sustainability. From large industries to small households, people everywhere are now more mindful of their activities and their effects on the environment. This rise in awareness has also caused a rise in people choosing renewable energy.

In the case of renewable energy, there are many options. In this article, we will discuss which remains better, wind or solar.

Below we are comparing wind energy and solar energy to gain insight into the effectiveness of the options.

Wind Energy: Advantages & Limitations

Advantages of wind energy

  • Since it is produced domestically, it reduces imports from other nations.

  • Wind turbines are installed in rural areas with large plain grounds, facilitating power availability in villages.

  • It is inexhaustible and does not cause air pollution.

  • It can work in the day, night, and cloudy weather.

Limitations of wind energy

  • Turbines produce noise.

  • Unpredictable source

  • Wind turbines can be damaged by wind and lightning in rough weather

  • Wind farms are usually located in remote areas, which can make transmission more hectic and expensive.

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Solar Energy: Advantages & Limitations

Advantages of solar energy

  • Solar panels don't make noise.

  • You can install the panels on rooftops and ground too.

  • This source is more predictable.

  • It requires little maintenance.

  • You can install solar panels of different sizes into various devices.

  • Waaree can install solar panels in a solar farm for mass use or installed for personal uses at homes, offices, and business units.

  • The Central Government provides subsidies for the installation of solar panels under the MNRE scheme.

Limitations of solar energy

  • This source is highly weather-dependent. It may have some problems operating at night and in rough weather.

  • Though solar panels don't require much maintenance, they are fragile, which means you must take special care during installation.

  • Selecting the right place for installation can be tricky.

  • Storing the electricity in batteries is expensive.

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Now that we have seen solar and wind energy pros and cons, we can compare the options. The advantages of solar energy outweigh that of wind energy.

Advantages of solar energy over wind power

Wind turbines and solar panels are used widely, too, making the answer will be solar energy if we focus on which one is more common.

  • Scale
  • With solar panels, large solar farms can be established that can generate energy on a massive scale. Also, solar energy is more predictable than wind energy.

  • Easy installation
  • To install wind turbines, you need vast land, free of any barrier, but this is not the case with solar panels that you can easily install on the ground provided by houses.

  • Capacity
  • The sun is a great source of energy that can generate a tremendous amount of power. The enormous amount of energy generated using solar energy is much more than that of wind.

  • Less maintenance
  • If we talk in terms of maintenance, then solar panels are better than wind turbines. Solar panels work effectively for up to 30 years and require a lot less keeping.

  • Noise
  • Another advantage that solar panels have over wind turbines is that they do not produce noise.

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Which is more efficient?

When we talk about the efficiency of renewable energy in India, we focus on the output generated by different sources. Wind turbines convert around 50% of captured wind into energy, whereas the conversion rate of sunlight by solar panels stands at approximately 23%. Looking at this, we can conclude that wind energy is twice as efficient as solar panels. Wind power's advantage over solar panels is that turbines work at night and even when there are just mild winds.

Which is cost-effective?

The installation of wind energy costs around Rs. 1-6 crore depending on the technology providing company, the scale of plant, and other factors, a tax break of 80% is available as depreciation for the first year. The operation cost, including insurance, costs Rs. 40,000-50,000 every year.

For solar panels, the current rate of solar panel installation is around Rs. 7 per watt in India. If you want to install a plant of 10kW, it will cost you Rs. 70,000, and the maintenance and operating costs of solar panels are comparatively less. Also, you will benefit from Government subsidies. Here, we can say that solar energy is more cost-efficient than wind energy. At Waaree, you can choose from a wide variety of panels that you can utilize for residential and commercial purposes at affordable prices.

Which is the better option?

In this article, we have covered all the information regarding both options. We have also compared them based on efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and their advantages and limitations. Both the options are promising and a great alternative to exhaustible fuels, but solar power here takes the crown for being a better option as it is comparatively less expensive.

It can save produced power and can be installed at small places, making it ideal for residential and commercial purposes. So if you're wondering about, "is solar energy renewable or non-renewable and if you should choose it?" Then the answer is yes!

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About Waaree Energies Ltd.

Waaree Energies Ltd. is a Mumbai-based company dedicated to serving all your solar power-related needs. Waaree Energies Ltd is a part of the Waaree Group, which was founded in the year 1989. Since then, we have provided project development, rooftop solutions, solar panels, solar water pumps, and EPC services to many businesses and individuals.

We are more about the quality of the product we give you, your comfort and acquaintance are our topmost priority. We have been leading India's renewable energy service sector for 32 years by providing excellent quality products and unrivaled solutions to all the solar services-related queries in India and 68 foreign countries. If you are looking for a company that provides solar power products at affordable prices, then Waaree is the right option for you.

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