There is no simple answer, but below are areas to consider when researching this topic.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a small wind electric system can provide you with a practical source of electricity if you answer “yes” to most of these questions:
- Is there enough wind where you live and is it a good wind source?
- Are your home and/or business located on at least one acre of land in a rural area?
- Does your local zoning code or covenants allow wind turbines?
- Is your average monthly electric bill $150 or more?
- Is your property in a remote location that does not have easy access to utility lines?
- How much electricity do you need or want to produce?
- Will building a small wind system be economical for you?
- Are you comfortable with long term investments?
The U.S. Department of Energy states the following benefits that wind energy can offer:
- It’s economically competitive
- It’s a valuable crop of the future for farmers and ranchers
- Unlike most other electricity generation sources, wind turbines do not consume water
- It is an indigenous, homegrown energy source that contributes to national security
- It is inexhaustible and infinitely renewable
- It offers many environmental benefits
- Wind energy’s “fuel” is free, so it reduces the risk associated with volatile fossil fuel
- It can be used in a variety of applications
- More and more people are looking to renewable energy efforts
- Want a simpler solution? Consider MVEC GreenSource renewable energy options
- “Small Wind Electric Systems” – A Minnesota’s Consumer Guide (pdf)
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