It really depends on your geographical location and energy requirements, but given the substantial investment involved with either option, it's critical to select the right system for your needs from the outset. Getting it wrong can cause you not only great expense, but major headaches.
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For most suburban and rural settings and applications; solar power is usually the best choice for the following reasons.
A solar power system:
Additionally, many local government authorities are rather averse to permitting wind turbines being erected within townships. Even the quietest of turbines do generate some noise, so they really aren't all that well suited to suburban areas where neighbours may be disturbed and perhaps complain. For a more in-depth look at the suitability of wind power for your location, view our article - "Is Wind Power Right For You"? We also strongly recommend performing a site assessment with measurement tools such as the Power Predictor.
As mentioned, it really does depend on your needs as to the type of system you should choose as wind energy certainly has its place and is an important part of the renewable energy mix; so if in doubt, please don't hesitate in contacting our friendly renewable energy experts who will evaluate your situation and provide you with free, no-obligation advice!