As the economy sputters back to life it might make sense to start looking to add solar and wind power to your home and business. Prices for both wind and solar have nearly dropped by 50 percent since 2007. Wind turbines are off by one fifth and solar panels are down fifty percent. Even though wind turbine installations fell in 2009, the rest of the world added a record amount of solar panels aided by generous incentives in Europe. The price of solar panels is expected to decrease by another 10 percent in 2011. Even the cost gap between using wind or solar versus coal power has narrowed. New solar and wind fields can now generate electricity at a cost of 6 to 8 cents per kilowatt, while coal comes in at 3 to 7 cents. The cost of building a wind or solar field is much less than trying to build a new coal plant. Emerging countries are flocking to build solar and wind power plants instead of coal ones because of the ease and cost factors in putting them up. Wind turbine fields are quicker to install than any large coal, gas fired, or nuclear power plant. Prices for wind and solar are expected to continue their slide because of worldwide increases in manufacturing capacity. Now could be a great time to look up your local solar and wind installer and get a quote to help you get off the grid and in lowering your own carbon footprint.