About Small Wind
Small wind energy systems are one of the fastest growing forms of customer-sited or “distributed” electric generation and one of the best energy investments for small businesses and homeowners.
Small (or “residential”) wind energy systems typically generate just enough power to meet the demands of a home, farm or small business. They range from 400 watts to 500 kilowatts or more and typically consist of a single turbine (vertical or horizontal). They can be significant power sources and have proven records of performance, even in locations with modest winds.
The success of the commercial wind industry has propelled significant advances in small turbine design, making these systems more reliable, quieter and safer than those introduced in past decades. And though most of the electricity they produce is used on-site, excess generation can be fed into distribution lines, strengthening the electric grid.
Americal Wind Energy Association-Great resource regarding small wind,legislation, permitting, rebates and local resources:
US Department of Energy, Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program:
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Global Wind Energy Council: