Small wind turbines help an individual or an organization to generate onsite part or all of their own electrical needs.
Installing a small wind turbine can save you money, but is not a good fit for all situations. If you are interested in a wind energy system for your home, farm, building, or organization, consider the following basic requirements:
- At least 1 acre of available land
- Appropriate annual wind speed determined by analysis
- Approval from your local building inspector for construction of a tower
- Your commitment of time and money
NYSERDA’s small wind On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program can provide you with all of the support and information you need, including a list of wind system installers in your area who participate in NYSERDA’s incentive program. A wind system installer can be your partner in the journey from information gathering and site assessment, all the way through to installation and post-installation monitoring.
Read frequently asked questions [PDF] and case studies about NYSERDA’s On-Site Wind Turbine Incentive Program.
NYSERDA also has a Large Wind Farm Program.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website is a good source of information about small wind turbines and distributed wind.