posted on May, 17 2008 @ 03:31 AM
Windmills are pretty cool. They're kind of a big investment, and are more prone to damage and maintainance intensive than solar panels, but they're
generally cheaper initial cost wise for a given power level. A nice thing about windmills, though, is that since they're very simple technology, if
you have the skill, you should be able to repair them yourself. Unlike solar panels which must be replaced, not repaired.
You need the batteries and inverter for solar too, so it's not an exclusive downside to windmills. It's quite the investment, though, and the
batteries have a finite lifespan before they need to be replaced.
You generally can't have tall windmills in cities because of zoning laws. And the windmill should be pretty tall, if you hope to get your money's
And yes, windmills have always been pretty expensive gadgetry. It was just a price people were willing to pay when it was the only way to have
electricity at their remote location.