I am considering different energy sources for my cottage to help reduce electrical grid usage. Does anyone have any experience with solar, wind or other low cost engery sources.
First you need to do a little research and make a list of the items you use regularly and check the energy rating required to run them. Items that have a low energy consummation may work well with alternative energy sources like solar/battery power combination. Wind power has a low cost per watt in a good location. However they may not be suitable in all locations as they rely on mother nature. Solar power can be used almost anywhere which makes them a great source of power.
Both Wind power and Solar have their pros and cons.
Wind power is great in the proper location it provides low overall maintenance and a low cost per watt. The cons include not being suitable for all areas. It may be costly at first for the equipment and installation. It can be a bit of an eye sore in the wrong location. Noise may also be a concern in high winds and moving parts will wear out over time.
Solar power can be used almost anywhere and are extremely low maintenance. They are simple to install, with no moving parts. Solar panels have a long lifespan and are silent in operation. The cons include high initial cost for panels, and battery bank and will not perform well in shade cover from large trees or other obstructions.
Whatever system or combination of system they need to be planned based on location and application.
I live in an area where wind energy is viable. The towers built to provide wind energy can reach a great height depending on your needs. You need to be sure that you have the acreage required to have a tower that tall.
When I say acreage, I mean there are requirements for the amount of vacant area surrounding a tower of that height.
solar, wind and even biomass can be good, but it depends on if its available in your area as some of them requires spaces and some material (like biomass).
How much power you need;
How many hours you use such power per day;
Wind profile, wind speed...
Solar shading, grid status, roof/ground application;
You need a 3rd party assessment to indicate what you need first before you jump into technology whirlpool. Neither over design nor lack design can help you well.
Do some research yourself and ask more specific questions. Or, spend a little consulting fee $50 to $100 to get 3rd party solution for you. It worths to help you for some thousands of dollar purchase.
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