Solar and Wind Energy: Are They Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?

We’ve always been taught about the importance of using Renewable Energy. Solar and wind energy today power countless homes, offices, industries, etc. But are these sources of clean energy eliminating coal, nuclear and grid reliability? Let’s find out.

Solar and wind energy v/s coal

Can a Residential Solar Panel or a Wind Mill be a good substitute for coal? Absolutely. In fact, though these renewable energy sources may need you to incur significant capital expenditure initially, you’ll notice that you’re paying way less for electricity every month.

Also, recurring costs for solar and wind energy are limited to their maintenance, which can be made easy through Annual Maintenance Contracts (click here to know more about VEMC’s AMC offerings). Meanwhile, energy derived from coal involves higher recurring costs, i.e. the cost of mining it, burning it, etc. Hence, people are increasingly choosing Renewable Energy over coal.

Solar and wind v/s nuclear energy

Solar and wind energy can’t compete with the sheer volume of energy that can be generated with a nuclear power plant. However, these energy sources are more accessible, cheaper, safer and can be commissioned way more quickly. Thus, for homes, offices, commercial spaces, etc., PV Panels or Wind Mills can be more suitable.

Solar and wind v/s grid dependence

If the right form of energy storage is used (click here to know more about energy storage), solar and wind energy can eliminate the need for you to depend on the grid for your power needs. This can significantly reduce your electricity bills and rid you of power fluctuations that may occur in the grid. However, solar energy can also be grid-tied (click here to know more). Here, you can produce your own energy and also depend on the grid to absorb excess energy you produce. You can also draw energy from it if there’s a shortage.

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Energy Storage Is Starting to Revolutionise the Electricity Industry

Renewable Energy, for instance, solar power, comes with some challenges. One of these is the fact that at any given point, one can’t be certain of how much energy can be generated. For instance, a cloudy day can reduce the energy supply and there isn’t much we can do about that.
Solar energy has the disadvantage of unpredictable supply since it depends on the natural environment, unlike non-renewable sources of energy. What can be done to combat this drawback? Energy Storage is the solution here.

How does Energy Storage work?
Energy Storage equipment like Solar Batteries can be used to deal with the inconsistencies of energy supply. They are connected to Solar PV Panels and store excess energy produced during periods of peak sunlight. This excess energy is then drawn from the Battery Backup and used to generate electricity during periods when it’s not sunny, e.g. nights, cloudy days, etc.

Why is Energy Storage important?
If you’re intending to install Solar Panel in Maharashtra, energy storage would be a good investment.
• It helps ensure excess electricity doesn’t get wasted
• It provides electricity when energy supply is low
• It can be used to transfer energy

Energy Storage and Solar Power Solutions:
Energy Storage is important in an off-grid solar PV system (click here to know more about this system). Here, since the system isn’t connected to the main power grid, Solar Batteries are required to supply power when sunlight isn’t available. Similarly, Energy Storage is also needed in a hybrid system (click here to know more).
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