Chapter 9

Options for Remote Locations

One of the best applications of wind and solar power is in remote locations. Sufficient data and reports are available to estimate benchmark costs for wind applications, and these benchmark costs show that these renewable energy applications tend to be more costly than grid power. Also, backup power is needed and can cost more than the wind or solar systems. However, there are great opportunities and paths forward that will lead to a resurgence of off-grid power in the United States and a dominance of off-grid power in countries where an electrical grid structure is not already in place


Wind; solar; backup power; batteries

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