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Your choices - Wind and Solar energy -

Let's compare

So you want to install some renewable energy for your business or home and have come to the crossroad as to which is better, wind power or solar power?

Both wind power and solar power have been around for a long time now and both renewable energy sources have successfully been used to produce clean electricity for home and commercial users. But which renewable energy source is the best for you ?

Criteria

Wind Energy

Solar Energy

Description

Working hours per day

24 hours

Ī5 hours

 

Risk of theft/vandalism

Low

High

Solar panels are easier access than wind turbines

Effect of dirt

Low

High

When solar panels get dirty it loses some of its performance

Effect of snow

Low

High

The output of a wind turbine i not effected by snow

Temperature effect

Not effected by temperature

High

As the panel temperature increases, the electricity output reduces.

Footprint

Low

High

A 1000w solar panel would have a footprint of 7.3 sq.m whereas a 1000w wind turbine would have a footprint of 1 sq.m

Locally manufactured

Yes

No

Kestrel wind turbines are manufactured in Port Elizabeth

Wind / Solar Energy Output

e300i

Wind Speed (m/s)

Monthly Energy (kWh)

Equivalent Solar Panel Capacity (W)

3.0

49

327

3.5

77

513

4.0

110

733

4.5

146

973

5.0

184

1227

5.5

223

1487

6.0

261

1740

6.5

297

1980

7.0

330

2200

Eveready-Kestrel: Driving the winds of change.

Eveready Diversified Products (trading as Kestrel Renewable Solutions) is the renewable energy and energy efficiency subsidiary of Eveready SA.  With Evereadyís support Kestrel have developed technologies that provide the opportunity to customers to better use the natural resources available to them in an efficient and productive way that doesnít hurt the environment.  Eveready-Kestrel now provides a full range of small wind turbine solutions in 600w, 800w, 1kW and 3kW range.  Because of their robust construction and unique engineering, Kestrel turbines have proven to be the product of choice for telecommunications, off-grid, grid connected and water pumping solutions.

For all these reasons, shouldn't you be riding on the winds of change too?

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