When it comes to renewable energy in Melbourne, we have a variety of options that we can choose as our renewable power source.
These renewable energies include Solar Hot Water and Solar Panels, Biomass (wood, woodwaste and bagasse), hydroelectricity, wind power, bio gas and bio fuels. But out of the many Melbourne renewable power sources we currently have available, solar power systems and wind energy are two of the most popular choices due to a multitude of reasons.
Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. They feature photovoltaic cells that absorb sunlight to generate enough power for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Using solar panels to provide energy for your property entitles you to a number of benefits, such as their low maintenance costs that allows you to not only save money but time. Also, solar power systems can easily be installed on the ground and on almost any kind of roof, and they provide a more predictable kind of energy output.
Solar panels, however, are not capable of producing energy without sunlight, so that means that they are basically useless during nighttime, and they will be less efficient in regions that are regularly cloudy. Another disadvantage of solar panels is that they tend to be very expensive, especially their upfront costs. Luckily, there are Melbourne Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates some solar energy companies such as us GRES – Global Renewable Energy Solutions that offer solar panel products and installations in Melbourne without the upfront costs, so price is not a disadvantage.
Wind turbines are devices that convert the kinetic energy of wind into usable electrical energy.
They come in many different sizes and axis orientations, with the larger turbines being used for generating power on a massive scale – and the smaller ones being utilised for residential and commercial applications. One of the best things about wind turbines is that they are not dependent on sunlight to be able to produce energy, which means that they are capable of generating power 24 hours a day. Other than that, turbines are more eco-friendly compared to other renewable energy sources – and are more capable of producing higher amounts of electricity.
When talking about the disadvantages of wind turbines, its unpredictability as an energy source is arguably its biggest weakness because wind doesn’t blow continually and is therefore an inconsistent source of power. Next in the list of its disadvantages are the placement and size of wind turbines, as they need to be installed in places where there are no obstacles that will block the path of the wind – and their tall size means that they will provide visual clutter around your property. Additionally, wind turbines produce some noise when running, and they have higher maintenance requirements due to them having moving parts.
Solar energy is great if you live in a suburban or urban region with regular sunlight, given that you install the solar panels at a location that isn’t shaded for most of the day. As for wind energy, wind turbines are ideal for rural, windy areas – and are more efficient as a power source compared to solar. But the towering size of wind turbines means that they will eat up a lot of space on your property and make it less visually appealing.
While both of these renewable energy options are capable of lowering your monthly electric bills and reducing your carbon footprint, the one that you should get for your property depends on your situation and location.
GRES – Global Renewable Energy Solutions is a leading Solar energy consultancy, providing engineering and technical advisory services. Solutions offered by GRES include Off-Grid solutions in Victoria or Grid-connected wind power, solar power or wind-solar – Hybrid power.