Updated: Aug 19, 2018
When comparing solar powered generators to gas powered generators, the first thing most people react to is the price. Gas generators are much more inexpensive to buy than solar generators. Gas generators can cost anywhere from $1,000-5,000 and higher while solar generators can cast anywhere from $3,000-10,000+.
What most people fail to realize is that when a gas generator is purchased, it cannot be used until more money has been spent. Gas generators have a never ending thirst for fuel. Fuel is not only expensive but it is heavy. 20 gallons of gas weighs about 140 lbs! It is not easy refueling a gas generator to keep it going long enough to survive a hurricane that could cause week-long power outages. Keeping a gas powered generator running for extended periods of time could mean daily trips to the gas station. In the case of a serious disaster it could mean:
Waiting in gas lines for hours
Limitations on the amount of gas you might be able to receive
Gas stations might not have electricity to pump the gas
Gas could run out in your area altogether.
As a native Floridian who has lived through many, many hurricanes, I can tell you that it is common for entire counties to run out of gas during the aftermath of a hurricane.
The beautiful thing about a solar powered generator is that it never needs gas. Not another dime needs to be spent to use a solar powered generator because the sun will replenish it every day, free of charge! For this reason a solar generator owner does not have to worry about gas lines or being able to get gas at all during an emergency. There is definitely monetary value on the peace of mind in knowing you will have backup power in any situation.
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