Wind Generators Where to Start

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Wind Generators Where to Start

From research to future planning and everything inbetween. Find out what you need to start planning for a Wind Generation system.

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That is a difficult question, but here are some guidelines to help you in your decision-making process. We will help you in this step-by-stop process and gut you on the road to earning green electricity and reducing your carbon footprint as easily as possible.

Wind Generators Where to Start - Do Your Research:

Study wind maps and find out the practicality of a wind generator for your area. Keep in mind the micro-climate aspect of most building sites too that is not reflected on wind maps.

You may have a site feature or features that makes wind generation much more practical than is indicated on the map. For instance you could have a hilltop site, or a down-sloping site that directs and focuses wind to a certain area.

Trees can provide both wind barriers and they can shape the wind into a stronger force. Areas along large bodies of water experience greater amounts of wind, especially during certain times of the day.

Wind Generators Where to Start - Check Out The DSIRE Site:

The DSIRE site which is the Database of State Incentives for Renewable's and Efficiency is a tremendous resources for finding such thins as tax incentives for your state and local areas.

You will also find net metering information here for your state.

Just go to DISIRE and click on your state. If this is for a residence, click on the residential incentives tab and pick from any of the links that the search comes up with.

Net Metering Map

Wind Generator Where to Start - Net Metering

Wind Generators Where to Start - Check For Net Metering:

Is net metering available? If so, what is the contractual arrangement with the utility company?

This is usually as easy as a phone call to your local power company and finding the responsible party to talk to.

Be sure to visit the DISIRE site mentioned above for Net Metering availability and incentives in your area.

Electrical Loads

Wind Generator Where to Start - Work Up Your Electrical Loads

Wind Generators Where to Start - Electrical Loads:

Upon making the decision to install and wind generator, work with an architect or engineer to design your electrical system.

When you tie into the power grid most utility companies have certain guidelines that must be met for shutting down the your power generating system.

This is usually by means of a fused disconnect. Be sure to follow their specification to the letter and make sure your electrical contractor is well acquainted with these types of installations.

Some electrical contractors have their own engineers on-staff, especially contractors that specialize in both larger residential and commercial projects.

By knowing the anticipated electrical loads, most engineers can work up a payback worksheet for you to analyze the number of months your installation will take to pay for itself.

This can be useful in comparing systems, system sizes and different features offered by manufacturers.

Calculate Electrical Loads

Wind Generator Where to Start - Have an Engineer Calculate Your Electrical Loads

Electrical loads should be calculated for the home by the engineer. This can be useful information to size your system. You will have to decide how much or what percentage of electricity you wont to produce by your system.

It may not be practical to install a system that covers 100% of your electrical needs, due to cost restraints. Or maybe this is an experiment for you and you want to start with a small, inexpensive system and do some on-site experimentation to test the viability of installing a larger system later.

Plan for the Future

Wind Generators Where to Start - Plan For The Future

Wind Generators Where to Start - Plan For The Future:

I cannot emphasis this enough. Even if you plan on installing a small system with no interest in a larger system, install the infrastructure for a larger system anyway.

By this, I mean, the concrete foundations should be sized for a larger wind generator, the conduits leading from the wind generator to the home should be sized for a larger system and the electrical connections at your power panel should be sized to accommodate a larger electrical load in the future.

Why do this? First of all these initial costs for these types of upgrades are very minimal. If you have to rip out undersized foundations, conduits and rework your electrical system, you will run into substantial costs.

If you upgrade these basic elements while you are under construction or before they are installed, they are usually very minimal costs to you.

PV Array

Wind Generators Where to Start - Consider Additional Green Energy Systems

Wind Generators Where to Start - Consider Additional Green Energy Systems:

While you are planning your green systems consider solar water heating systems and photovoltaic electrical systems.

These can play an important part in your electrical system planning, both is saving electricity and providing flexibility for adding these systems either now or at a later date.

For instance if you are in the process of building a home, make provisions to add all or any of these systems in the future.

This again is very simple to add conduits, breaker space in the power panel and sizing of power lines for future systems. It can cost exponentially more to add them later.

Wind Generators Where to Start - Minimize Your Power Usage:

While you are in the planning stages, take your best shot at minimizing the initial power usage in your home.

Here is a check list for items to consider:

Use energy efficient appliances with an Energy Star Label such as refrigertors, ranges, dishwashers, ovens, clothes wasters and dryers.

LED Light Bulb

Wind Generators Where to Start - LED Lighting To Save Energy

Use LED lighting where possible. Use Fluorescent lighting with electronic ballasts.

Use CFL lamps in lieu of incandescent sources.

Consider high efficiency air-conditioning systems such as the small split systems by Fujitsu and Mitsubishi.

Use a solar water heating system.

Use solar water heating for pool heating.

Size your Main Power Distribution Cabling for minimal voltage drop. This is especially important if you are running long distances and are running secondary power lines.

Consider using an electric, closed-loop heat pump system for your heating and cooling needs.

Check with your utility company if there is any price break to move up to the next larger power distribution size. I ran into this recently where the utility company offer a price break/kwh to move from a 400 amp electrical service entrance to a 800 amp - and the rate reduction was significant!

Check with your utility company if they offer rate credits for an entirely electric home - you wanted to get rid of that gas flame anyway didn't you?

Solar Pool Heater Panels

Wind Generators Where to Start - Solar Pool Heater

Wind Generators Where to Start - Where You Go From Here:

We will be developing a lot of useful information as it relates to Wind Generation. Here are some of the articles coming up shortly.

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Wind Generator Systems - Vertical Axis
Wind Generators Where to Start.

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