WIND AND SOLAR POWER By Rittik Ghosh and Ryan Fernald

Essential Question:

What is more efficient, wind or solar energy?

Pros+Cons of solar energy

Pros

  • In one second, the sun releases enough energy to meet the current needs to power the whole world for 500,000 years.
  • People that buy solar panels can get paid by power companies because they can make so much energy.
  • Solar energy is one of the most widely used renewable sources of energy.
  • Many people want to use solar power as a source of temporary energy.
  • Many solar panels are maintenance-free.
  • Solar panel can help reduce energy bills.
  • Solar energy has many uses.
  • Solar energy is predictable.

Cons

  • Solar panels are expensive to install.
  • Solar energy can only be collected when the sun is out.

Pros+Cons of wind energy

Pros

  • Wind energy has many uses, and there are many ways to capture it.
  • Wind energy creates no pollution.
  • Operational costs for wind turbines are low after they are built.
  • Wind power doesn't require any water.
  • Wind energy is abundant in the US. In fact, the US has one of the best wind energy resources in the world.
  • Wind power can help keep electric rates low.

Cons

  • Wind turbines cost a lot to install.
  • Wind turbines might have a negative impact on the environment.

Answer the Essential Question

Works Cited

"40 Facts About Solar Energy - Conserve Energy Future." ConserveEnergyFuture. N.p., 13 Dec. 2013. Web. 6 June 2016. <http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-solar-energy-facts.php>.

"35 Facts About Wind Energy - Conserve Energy Future." ConserveEnergyFuture. N.p., 24 Dec. 2013. Web. 6 June 2016. <http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-wind-energy-facts.php>.

"Wind and Solar: Why Renewable Energy?" Wind and Solar Energy. Clean Line Energy, n.d. Web. 6 June 2016. <http://www.cleanlineenergy.com/technology/wind-and-solar>.

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