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Home Wind Turbine Systems

Wind can be a significant source of power and should definitely be considered when researching your eco-friendly home options. A growing number of homeowners are choosing to install their own wind turbines to use the power of the wind to eliminate or decrease utility expenses. Farmers and ranchers are also benefiting from harnessing this natural resource.

Iowa was ranked first in wind generation (24.5% generated from wind energy) and South Dakota second with 23.9% in 2012. American wind generation was up 17% in 2012. Texas uses the most wind energy than any other state, with more than 12,000 MW installed. Across the United States wind energy produced 3.5% of this country’s electricity. I'm willing to bet these numbers will increase as more and more investments are made and new projects are initiated.

Tax credits and incentives can reduce the cost of a wind project by a great deal. A smaller farm or house turbine under 100 kilowatts cost roughly $3,000 to $8,000 per kilowatt of capacity. So a 10 kilowatt system might cost installed upwards of $50,000-$80,000 after all is said and done. This is enough to power a large home. Price obviously would be affected by tower height, type, and cost to install.

To find out if wind power is right for your location you can simply call your local weather station or airport to find out your average wind speed. Electricity produced by wind generation can be used directly or it can be stored in batteries for household use when needed. They can also be combined with solar panels to create a hybrid system which would be great for winter backup when it can easily be windy and cloudy on any given day. Nice.

If you plan to do-it-yourself here are some starting points for you to consider.

· Is there sufficient wind in your area to make a go at it?

· Are there any permits required?

· How much energy do you use currently?

· What turbine size covers your energy usage?

· Will you build your own turbine?

· Are you building a hybrid system?

· How many batteries will you need to store energy?

The most important decision to make when considering this alternative energy source is will there be enough wind power generated for your needs, can you count on that wind being present regularly. Remember that electricity costs are rising and any energy investments that are made on your home today begin to make a lot of sense for tomorrow.


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