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Hydro vs. Wind vs. Solar Power?

***Prons :>> Hydropower:>>> -Lowest cost per watt hour -Usually a predictable year round power output -Often does not require a large battery bank -System is quiet and often can be made unobtrusive -Typically low maintainance Windpower:> -Low cost per watt hour in a good location -Smaller systems can be low maintainance -Predictable power output in some locations Solar power:> -Can be used almost anywhere -Extermely low maintainance -Very long system lifespans -Can be operated unmonitored for extended periods of time -Predictable power output in most locations -Simple installation -Silent , unobtrusive operation _________________________________________________ ***Cons:>>> Hydropower:> -Not suitable in many locations due to lack of resource -Often requires substantial modification of water resource (except for in-stream type generators) -Initial installation cost can be high if damming or dirtwork is required -In colder climates, freezing of pipes, etc can be a problem -Moving parts will eventually wear out Windpower:> -Not suitable in many locations due to lack of resource -Towering can be expensive for larger units, and may require heavy equipment to erect. -Some people object to the tower aesthetically -Birds of prey run into tower and guy wires (similar to but smaller than utility installations in this respect) -Power output can be sporadic in some areas, nescesitates the use of a large battery bank and / or altrenate power source -Many people report that considerable noise is generated in high winds -Even routine, minor maintainance on a windmill can be difficult on the top of a tower. Systems to reduce / eliminate this problem typically add to the cost and complexity of the system. -Moving parts will eventually wear out Solar power:>>> -High initial cost for solar panels

-Power output can be variable in some areas, nescesitates the use of a large battery bank and / or altrenate power source -Requires good solar exposure (not practical in shaded areas, etc.)