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Wind Power Systems

Wind Power Systems can provide electricity whether or not you are tied to the Grid. Wind generators can be used in stand-alone systems or combined with solar panels and/or hydropower. While we’ve been using wind generators off-grid for many years, the Grid Intertied Wind Power System is the new kid on the block. Call and let us tell you what we know about them.

Sizing Your Wind Power System

Most of our customers need help sizing and designing their systems and we are happy to do this. We also have easy online calculators for estimating system size.

Do you have enough wind?

You can check out your wind resource potential for your location. Check your wind here. If you have a 12 mph wind speed then give us a call, so we can size a wind power system for you.

FREE Getting Started Guide

Electricity produced by wind generation can be used directly, as in water pumping applications, or it can be stored in batteries for household use when needed. Wind generators can be used alone, or they may be used as part of a hybrid system, in which their output is combined with that of photovoltaics, and/or a fossil fuel generator. Hybrid systems are especially useful for winter backup of home systems where cloudy weather and windy conditions occur simultaneously.

The most important decision when considering wind power is determining whether or not your chosen site has enough wind to generate the power for your needs, whether it is available consistently, and if it is available in the season that you need it.

The power available from wind varies as the cube of the wind speed. If the wind speed doubles, the power of the wind (ability to do work) increases 8 times. For example, a 10 mile per hour wind has one eighth the power of a 20 mile per hour wind. (10 x 10 x 10 =1000 versus 20 x 20 x 20 = 8000).

One of the effects of the cube rule is that a site which has an average wind speed reflecting wide swings from very low to very high velocity may have twice or more the energy potential of a site with the same average wind speed which experiences little variation. This is because the occasional high wind packs a lot of power into a short period of time. Of course, it is important that this occasional high wind come often enough to keep your batteries charged. If you are trying to provide smaller amounts of power consistently, you should use a generator that operates effectively at slower wind velocities.

Grid interried Wind with Battery Backup Grid-Intertied Wind without Battery Backup

Wind speed data is often available from local weather stations or airports, as well as the US Dept. of Commerce, National Climatic Center in Asheville,N.C. You can also do your own site analysis with an anemometer or totalizer and careful observation. Installation of generators should be close to the battery bank to minimize line loss, and 30 feet higher than obstructions within a 300-foot radius. The tower should be well grounded. Use these Wind Speed Maps to check the average wind speed in your area.

United States Wind MapYou can check out your wind resource potential for your location. Check your wind here. If you have a 12 mph wind speed then give us a call, so we can size a wind power system for you.

 

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