Home Wind Turbines Are Top Trend in Renewable Energy Sources

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I’m old enough to remember seeing (and being fascinated by) old wind mills here and there on farms in the Midwest where I grew up. In earlier years, before electricity reached parts of the rural Midwest, it was not uncommon to see these home wind turbines whirling away, generating electricity for rural families that otherwise would not have any.  

The majority of the country eventually did get tied into energy grids and received power from centralized fossil-fueled plants.  Windmills appeared less and less frequently.  

Now, faced with the reality that dependence on fossil-fueled energy is not always in the best interest of the earth or the homeowner, wind turbines are making a big comeback.   

When faced with power shortages and skyrocketing electric bills, homeowners are looking for sensible, sustainable ways to save. Many of them find home wind turbine is an excellent source of renewable energy.In order to learn more about home wind mills, we talked to Gregory Price , the Director of Sales and Marketing at Abundant Renewable Energy in Newberg, OR.  Price said that the first step to take when considering a small wind turbine is to educate yourself about wind technology and resources. There’s much to learn and you need information from a creditable, unbiased source.  

Would a Wind Turbine Work on Your Land?

If you are a property owner wondering about the feasibility of a wind turbine for your home or farm, start by finding out the average wind speed on your property. Wind speeds increase higher up, so the prime place is often the highest spot on your property–as long as it’s a site where the wind is unobstructed. Even a slight increase in velocity gives your turbine significantly greater generating potential.  

Even if wind maps indicate there should be enough wind available at your chosen location, it is always advisable to gather on-site wind measurements. You may have to pay to erect an anemometer, but you’ll avoid costly mistakes when it comes to placing your wind mill. You’re looking for the most power possible from your investment.  

If your terrain is complex, oftentimes small turbine dealers will be able to help you determine if your land could support a productive wind mill.  Price says it is critical, however, to deal with a reputable company because there are no set standards in the wind turbine industry.  Look for a dealer who has established a lengthy track record and a good reputation. The company you choose to partner with should offer a strong warranty and first-rate customer service.  

Price also says to id that it is important to discover how zoning regulations in your area could affect your plans. Every zoning board and building commission has its own set of regulations, so investigate how guidelines in your vicinity deal with small wind turbines.  

Connecting Your Windmill To a Grid

Federal Law (PURPA 1978) mandates utility companies allow customer-owned generators to be interconnected to the company’s grid and compensate them for energy production.  

A large number of states require utility companies to provide net metering services. That means that when your wind turbine produces more energy than you can consume, the meter will run backwards, creating a trade between you and the utility company and banking the excess energy your turbine is producing.  Turbine owners may choose to be connected to a grid or use a battery-supported system instead.  Some owners choose a combination of both plans.  

Most of the United States gets enough wind to support the use of wind turbines. The prediction is that wind technology will become more and more popular as a renewable energy source, reducing demands on energy companies and fuel supplies. In the future, whirling wind mill blades, producing clean, sustainable energy for Americans may again become a common site.

Originally posted 2010-04-09 09:00:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter