NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
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 power. 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.
Electricity produced by wind generation can be used directly 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.
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
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Wind 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.
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