On-Site Small Wind - More Information
There are many excellent resources to find out about wind power and its potential to reduce your electric bills:
- The NYSERDA website has full details on wind power, including incentive programs that are being offered for the installation of both large and small wind systems.
- The NYS Small windExplorer website provides wind resource maps for New York State.
- American Wind Energy Association is a national trade organization that promotes the use of wind energy. The AWEA’s website includes contact information for developers, consultants, equipment suppliers, and other members. It also provides details on large and small wind technology, policy initiatives, locations of installed wind projects, and links to other information.
- An on-site or small wind power energy system can provide consumers a significant reduction in electric power price increases. Wind energy systems not only help customers reduce their electricity purchases from utilities, but they also help reduce dependence on fossil fuels,and are nonpolluting. Cash incentives for installing wind power systems in New York State vary between 15-70 percent, depending on the installation.
Small Wind Energy Systems
Small wind energy systems can be used in connection with an electricity transmission and distribution system (grid-connected systems) or in stand-alone applications that are not connected to the utility grid. A grid-connected wind turbine can reduce consumption of utility-supplied electricity for lighting, appliances, and electric heat. If the turbine cannot deliver the amount of energy required, the utility will produce the difference needed. When a wind system produces more electricity than a household requires, the excess can be sold to the utility. With the interconnections available today, switching takes place automatically.
Although wind energy systems involve a significant initial investment, they can be competitive with conventional energy sources because they are capable of significantly reducing or eliminating utility costs. the length of the payback period depends on the system chosen, the wind resource on a site, the electricity costs in an area, and how the wind system is used.
Wind power makes sense for so many reasons, and now is the right time to take advantage of natural energy.