An Overview of Small Wind Turbines
Small wind turbines, sometimes referred to as home wind turbines, are much smaller than the turbines you see on wind farms. While larger wind turbines can have a blade diameter that spans the length of a football field, small wind turbines typically have a diameter up to 10 meters wide. Because of the smaller blades, these wind turbines have a much smaller power output than large turbines. That makes small wind turbines perfect for projects with smaller electricity needs, such as residential, portable, or off-grid applications.
The best locations for small wind turbines are places that experience frequent, high wind speeds. Generally speaking, the taller the turbine, the windier the environment, and the more electricity it’s capable of generating. Most of the best spots for small wind turbines are on rural properties, as they tend to have a lot of space and few obstructions that would impact wind speeds. In certain instances, a small wind turbine has the potential to offset 100 percent of a home’s electricity bill.
Should I install a Small Wind Turbine for my home?
As a general rule of thumb, if the average annual wind speed on your property is 5 meters per second or more, it’s a suitable location for a small wind turbine. If you’re unsure of wind speeds at your property, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has wind maps that display average wind speeds throughout the country on a month-by-month basis. Your nearby airport may also have a record of wind speeds if you’re looking for a basic estimate for your region.
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