Is Wind Electricity Right for You?: Page 4 of 4

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Raising an Endurance S-343 Wind Turbine
Vince Culp of Energy Unlimited gets ready to raise an Endurance S-343 on a 90-foot hydraulic tilt-up tower.
Tilt-Up Wind Turbine Tower
Tilt-up towers require a large, open site to raise and lower the tower, but guyed towers can be sited on cluttered sites and even between buildings.
Too-short wind turbine tower.
A wind turbine on a short tower is a waste of money if your goal is to produce energy.
Proper Wind Turbine Siting
To recoup your investment, wind turbines should be sited far from, and well above, any obstructions to the wind.
Bergey XL.1 Wind Turbine
Although smaller turbines are manufactured, the Bergey XL.1 is the smallest in our survey of residential-scale turbines.
Endurance Wind Turbine
If you (and your site) are right for wind electricity, wind electricity will be right for you.
Raising an Endurance S-343 Wind Turbine
Tilt-Up Wind Turbine Tower
Too-short wind turbine tower.
Proper Wind Turbine Siting
Bergey XL.1 Wind Turbine
Endurance Wind Turbine

If your answer to any of these questions is “no,” there are many other options for you to reach your renewable energy goals. It will be better to have a successful solar- or hydro-electric system (along with household energy-efficiency improvements) than a poorly performing or failed wind system.

If your answers are yes all the way down the list, you may be a candidate for wind electricity. Take your time, do your homework, and carefully design and install a system that will be productive and safe for the long term. There’s really nothing like living with a successful wind system!

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Ian Woofenden teaches, writes and consults about, and uses wind energy at his home in Washington’s San Juan Islands, and prefers to bicycle down–wind, because he knows wind is cubic power.

Mick Sagrillo teaches and writes about, consults on, and uses wind energy, having gained his experience by installing many ill-conceived—as well as well-designed—turbines at his home in Wisconsin.

Comments (2)

bdoyle733's picture

Great starter article! FYI I just looked up my town demographics and found average wind speed of 14.2 mph. Gotta love the web.

Lyle Kafader's picture

Wonderful article, I'm overwhelmed!

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