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Small Wind Energy Systems 110702042021 Small Wind Guide

Small Wind Energy Systems 110702042021 Small Wind Guide

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A MinnesotaConsumer’s Guide
Small Wind Electric Systems
 
Small Wind Electric Systems
Cover photo:
This 1-kW Bergey wind turbine provides power for a home near Redwing in southeast Minnesota. RichardHuelskamp/PIX11664
This map has been prepared under contract by WindLogics for the Department of Commerce using the bestavailable weather data sources and the latest physics-based weather modeling technology and statisticaltechniques. The data that were used to develop the map have been statistically adjusted to accurately representlong-term (40 year) wind speeds over the state, thereby incorporating important decadal weather trends andcycles. Data has been averaged over a cell area 500 meters square, and within any one cell there could befeatures that increase or decrease the results shown on this map. This map shows the general variation ofMinnesota’s wind resource and should not be used to determine the performance of specific projects.January 2006
 
Small Wind Electric Systems
Contents
Introduction 1First, How Can I Make My Home More Energy Efficient? 2Is Wind Energy Practical for Me? 3What Size Wind Turbine Do I Need?4What are the Basic Parts of a Small Wind Electric System? 5What Do Wind Systems Cost? 7Where Can I Find Installation and Maintenance Support?8How Much Energy Will My System Generate? 9Is There Enough Wind on My Site?11How Do I Choose the Best Site for My Wind Turbine? 14Can I Connect My System to the Utility Grid?15Can I Go Off-Grid?19Glossary of Terms21For More Information 22
Small Wind Electric Systems
A U.S. Consumer’s Guide
Homeowners, ranchers, and small businesses can use wind-generated electricity to reduce their utility bills This grid-connected system installed for a home in Norman, Oklahoma,reduces the homeowner’s utility bill by $100 per month
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Introduction
Can I use wind energy to power myhome? This question is being askedacross the country as more peoplelook for affordable and reliable sourc-es of electricity.Small wind electric systems can makea significant contribution to ournation’s energy needs. Although windturbines large enough to provide asignificant portion of the electricityneeded by the average U.S. home gen-erally require one acre of property ormore, approximately 21 million U.S.homes are built on one-acre and largersites, and 24% of the U.S. populationlives in rural areas.A small wind electric system willwork for you if:There is enough wind where youliveTall towers are allowed in yourneighborhood or rural areaYou have enough spaceYou can determine how muchelectricity you need or want toproduceIt works for you economically.The purpose of this guide is to pro-vide you with the basic informationabout small wind electric systems tohelp you decide if wind energy willwork for you.
Why Should I Choose Wind?
Wind energy systems are oneof the most cost-effective home- based renewable energy systems.Depending on your wind resource, a

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