Renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular, and many individuals are considering their own residential wind farms to go off-grid. A residential wind farm can reduce your energy bills and increase the value of your home. However, it should be noted that residential wind systems are typically accompanied by more challenges than residential solar systems. From a practical side, solar systems work better in densely populated areas and take up less space. If you are convinced that a residential wind system might work for your needs, continue reading below.
Will a home wind turbine system work for me?
While a residential turbine system has its advantages, there are several factors to consider, and it will require some planning.
- A good starting point will be to establish whether small wind electric systems are allowed in your area. One of the main challenges of residential systems can be complaints from the rest of the neighborhood. These turbine towers are typically tall structures of about 80 to 100 feet high to get sufficient turbulence. For this reason, these systems are predominantly found in rural or farmland areas where there is space between properties.
- Residential wind turbines are much smaller than popular industrial models. However, turbines require a minimum wind speed of 9-10mph, so be sure to establish whether your area will be able to meet these requirements.
- The Department of Energy has helpful information on residential renewable energy systems and stipulates the necessary regulations you will need to be aware of. You should also enquire about possible Federal tax breaks or refunds that might be available to homeowners who convert to renewable energy.
You should get different quotations from different companies for turbine prices and installation. You should take the following costs into account when doing your calculations to determine whether a residential wind farm will be economically viable for you:
- Cost of a pole-mounted residential wind turbine
- Cost of the turbine pole with guy-wires
- Cost of concrete needed to secure the tower
- If a Federal Energy Tax credit applies to you, do factor that in to decrease your costs
- Research your local average annual wind speed.
- Determine how much kWh your turbine will generate per day in your area’s average wind zone to establish whether the costs associated with your residential system will be economically viable.
While residential wind farms might be viable to some consumers under the right conditions, solar energy systems are currently a better option.