BOSTON--When it comes to distributed energy in suburban or urban areas, solar panels do a better job of fitting in than small wind turbines.
Small wind turbines, which are increasingly being marketed to homeowners, can provide power for both grid-tied and off-grid applications, typically require a strong steady wind to meet their generating capacity, and meet estimates for annual production. To tap into a good wind resource, turbines need to be placed high and clear of obstructions, such as trees and buildings, according to experts.
By contrast, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are less fussy about placement. To make the investment … Read more