Wind Power Design Plans for Kit Homes

Careful wind power design to create wind electricity on a property can change a virtual money pit into a sustainable operation.

Residential wind energy has a capital cost that is initially daunting, and many false promises are made by sales people in the industry, not to mention ongoing maintenance.

And if the design is wrong, that cost can be a burden. Investigation and planning are the key as with most investments.

There are 6 basic conclusions to be made before initiating the design of a wind power operation.

  1. The home is energy efficient
  2. The property has permission to install a wind turbine tower
  3. The property has space for a tower
  4. The property has a good wind resource
  5. The property owner has finances to commit to capital costs and maintenance
  6. The property owner has a long term outcome mindset

Wind Power Design Plan: Elements

Carry Out an Energy Assessment of the Property

  • Existing KW Hours the property uses
  • Amount the property was charged per KW
  • What is using the energy, and in what amounts

Describe the Goals of Creating Wind Energy

  • Lower property environmental impacts
  • Save property owner money
  • Long term investment

Understand the Property's Relationship and Access to the Grid

  • Existing and reliable connection
  • Off grid but potential to connect
  • Off grid and no access

Evaluate alternate energy options

  • Solar arrays
  • Solar water heating
  • Natural gas
  • Wood heating

Cost Options to Increase Existing Energy Use Efficiency

  • Passive solar enhancements
  • Insulation and double glazing
  • Utilise off peak time zones

Determine Potential Tower Sites

  • Assess property wind energy potential
  • Map land gradients and obstacles
  • Determine wind speed averages at height

Design a Suitable System

  • Select tower, rotor and generator assembly
  • Select electronic components: inverter, grid interface
  • Select storage components and or backup generator

Cost the Selected System

  • Capital / component costs
  • Investigate incentives: subsidies, bonuses, discounts, renewable energy certificates
  • Quotes for installation
  • Estimated cost of maintenance, component guarantee and replacement

Determine Efficiency and Payback of the Potential System

  • Total cost of componentry and on-costs
  • Utility net / payback schemes
  • Cost of finance

Reference: Wind Power For Dummies, Ian Woofenden

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