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Small Scale Wind Power Booming in the USA

Many Homeowners in the USA are becoming aware of of renewable energy, in particular more people are buying and installing wind turbines. Americans are feeling the heat of energy taking up a more significant percentage of their yearly income and consider wind energy for its lower upfront costs. Although, not everyone who wants a wind turbine can qualify for one, because its very geographical of where a wind turbine can generate enough energy to meet the needs of a homeowner. The average American home uses 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month, typically depending on type of wind turbine and the wind resources available at the proposed installation location a wind energy systems can produce 200-1000 kWh per month. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says the demand for small scale wind energy systems are on the rise, according to the organization 10,000 wind turbines were sold in the U.S. in 2007. AWEA expects the number to grow by 20% a year. People are looking to take control of their own energy future and more consumers are willing to take the risk of being early adopters of wind energy systems. Typically for a small scale wind power to make sense for your home or small business you need to first consult a wind resource map. You need at least 10 MPH average wind speeds for a wind turbine to provide a significant...

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Buying a Small Wind Electric System

Are you thinking about purchasing a small wind power system? Small wind energy systems are the fastest growing form of distributed power generation systems. Many people considering to power their homes or businesses are not familiar with a wind power system don’t even know the right questions to ask to make an educated decision. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has a free consumer’s guide called Buying A Small Wind Electric System which focuses on grid tie wind electric systems to ease the decision making process for many consumers shopping for wind turbines. I think the most important part of the guide is the zoning, tower height and permitting issues which is covered in the guide, many consumers get stuck in the permitting process I have encountered while helping people install their wind power systems. Another important tip the guide mentions is you have to talk to any neighbor 500 feet away from your property who maybe able to see your wind turbine to mitigate the risk of issues with neighbors after the wind power system has been...

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