Wind Energy Guide

Residential Wind Energy Can Save You Money

It was a tussle between the small wind and the big wind that raged till August, 2007 in which small wind had lost the war. In a story titled “It’s no breeze making switch to wind power” published in the British paper The Telegraph in the same year that a columnist claimed, ‘small wind wasn’t ready for prime time’. Factors that led to the decision included lack of force to turn the turbine, vibrations and annoying noise created by the contraption that did not justify the marginal production of electric current through a residential wind energy machine, also called a turbine. Curiously enough, this happened when global wind power generation had already increased fivefold as compared to the figures available in the summer of 2000. It included wind powered electricity produced inDenmark (19%); Spain and Portugal (9%) while Germany and the Republic of Ireland registered growth to the tune of 6% each.

Residential Wind Energy

The scenario however started changing fast by the end of the same year when The New York Times ran an article entitled “Homespun Electricity, From the Wind” in which the writer profiled several success stories in praise of residential wind energy for the generation of electricity. It contained, among others, accounts of how Rena Wilson and her husband had taken advantage of the gusts of wind blowing through their estate near Urbana, Illinois by erecting a 56-feet high wind turbine. The overjoyed couple was in high spirits to observe that that their electricity bills had dropped from $90 to $10 immediately after the turbine started spinning. The article concluded with the verdict that ‘residential wind energy is shortly heading towards the mainstream’.

Coming back to the brass tacks, here are a few guidelines for people preferring to use residential wind energy to augment their electricity production. As a first step towards reaching the goal, one should ascertain the quantum of electricity that is needed for the home. A typical home, according to the AWEA, needs around 780 kWh each month while a residential wind energy turbine can lower a household electricity bill by around 50% to 90%. Also necessary is the monthly utility costs that may help compute figures later.

The next significant step involves an assessment of the average wind speed in the area where a turbine is likely to be installed. Though different manufacturers specify different minimum wind speed required for their products, wind speed lower than the minimum specification rules out installation of the equipment in that location. In the event of an installation within the United States , the best way to find out the figure involves taking a look at the Wind Resource Maps From Windpower America. All one has to do is to select the state and then click on the thumbnail graphic to gaze at the full-sized wind map. For people living in other countries, the best thing to do is to check it up with the nearest airport where they usually maintain wind speed record for aeronautical purposes.

The step # three entails the necessity of matching a product with the electricity needs of the homestead. In the US it is relatively easy. AWEA compiled Small Wind Turbine Equipment Providers list provides all the necessary information in detail.

The next step for a beginner thinking in terms of installing a product concerns reviewing the production estimates at different wind speeds from the manufacturers about their products and matching it with the desired output at the given location. In case it fails to meet the target, the residential wind energy turbine may not be one’s cup of tea. This is rather significant as the success of the project depend a lot on this.

The next and final step towards going for residential wind energy turbine involves determining the cost of installing a product vis-?-vis the time it is likely to take for recouping the initial investment. Computing the cost of implementation of the project against the projected monthly saving of utility charges will be the best way of getting the right answer. This computation should include any government incentive, if available, to implement the project. A typical project analysis may follow the pattern as shown here:

Cost of implementation of the Residential Wind Energy Turbine …… $10,000.00

(B)  Monthly saving in Utility billing        …..   …..    ….      ….  ...  $ 75.00

Yearly   saving in Utility billing     …..   …..   …..      …. ....     900.00

Number of years for recouping the initial cost     ……  11 (Eleven years)

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