|Solar Pannels||Wind Turbines|
|Solar panels, including the charge controller and mounting hardware, are generally less expensive than a wind generator.||Wind generators
are more expensive.
And they require a substantial mounting framework that can add to the cost.
require little maintenance and can last for many years.
Many panels are almost unbreakable.
|Wind generators are mechanical devices so a certain amount of maintenance is required.|
side to solar panels is the 'effective' charging time, space required,
and problems with shadows on a sailboat.
While a solar panel can generate electricity during the daytime when the wind is not blowing, a wind turbine can generate electricity all night too, as long as there is a breeze.
tend to be more location sensitive than solar panels.
They need to be situated in an area of above average wind in order to generate reasonable amounts of power.
They also require a smooth airflow, turbulent air will have the turbine constantly changing direction, chasing the wind rather than extracting power from it.
Whereas most people can implement a small solar array in most locations and achieve success, the same cannot be said about turbines.
|Solar panels are completely safe.||There is a potential safety factor concerning the danger from those rotating blades if they are properly maintained.|
|No noise.||Some wind generators can be noisy.|
Most panels can stay out in practically any weather.
generators are self-regulating in high winds.
Others require shutting down manually and the blades tying off.