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Choosing a turbine

Factors to consider when choosing a wind turbine include:

  • Matching expected electricity output to your annual consumption (considering the average wind speed at your chosen tower height) – see video below
  • Height of standard tower associated with turbine meets local zoning and permitting regulations
  • Manufacturer with proven track record in the industry
  • Meets IRS requirements for tax credit eligibility
  • Ideally, certification by the American Wind Energy Association Small Wind Certification Council
  • Warranty
  • Potential for operations and maintenance contract


Are there financial incentives for wind?

No financial incentives are available at the current time.

Certain utilities may offer incentives that generally fall into 2 categories:

  1. A rebate based on system size (subject to a maximum rebate amount)
  2. A “performance-based incentive” based on the electricity generated by the system

PBIs are paid to the generator of wind electricity (i.e. a homeowner) for every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by the wind turbine over a specified term. PBIs for leased systems may be paid directly to the third party installer.

Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

Federal Tax Credits for Home Energy

Is wind right for me?

With the cost of solar PV decreasing significantly in recent years, small wind systems in even the windiest areas may not be financially competitive. That said, small wind may be right for you if:

  • have at least a 1 acre site in class 3 (orange) or class 4 (purple) winds
  • have a relatively high cost of energy

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Last updated: January 6, 2017 at 18:04 pm