Jeff from Missouri Wind and Solar talks about the difference between mounting locations and styles as well as pros and cons to where you site your wind turbine generator.
The peak of your house or shed isn’t necessarily an ideal location to install a wind turbine as you might experience “dirty” turbulent wind that doesn’t flow smoothly. Any obstruction around your turbine may cause updrafts that will reduce the potential for your wind turbine output. The higher you go, the higher quality wind your wind turbine will receive. In fact, the AWEA recommends at least 30 feet above nearby obstructions for best performance*.
Now, a wind turbine tower 80 to 120 feet high might not be possible for your location or budget and that’s perfectly acceptable. However, you will need to manage your expectations that your wind turbine (by any manufacturer) may not produce its rated output based on where you choose to install it. You may need to increase the number of wind turbines in your system or consider adding solar panels.
If you are making an investment in wind power to reduce your energy cost, your environmental footprint, or off-grid power, be sure to invest in where you site and mount it. A great analogy would be in selecting potting soil for a plant. Your plant and its growth potential relies directly on the nutrient content and drainage quality of the medium it grows in. It’s not worth saving fifty cents and having a sad droopy plant (that will probably need frequent fertilization) when you could have gone with the quality stuff to begin with.
If you’re deciding which wind turbine company to go with, do some research by looking at customer reviews but take it with a grain of salt. Be analytical in the way you look at a YouTube video or product review on wind turbine output.
Ask yourself the following:
Don’t believe everything that gets thrown at you or you’ll suffer information overload. Ask questions on points that need clarification or if something looks suspicious or too good to be true! Just look at the raw facts and decide if the wind turbine power output reflects the quality of the setup.
*AWEA FAQ’s for small wind systems
Summer is here which means lots of cookouts and camping! Jeff and Missouri Wind and Solar are giving away four items in the 11th YouTube giveaway contest that will make a great addition to your summer plans. The best part – it’s easy to enter, there’s no purchase necessary, and we’ll ship anywhere! Make sure you watch the video below for complete details on how to enter. Good luck!
The YouTube Giveaway contest begins June 17, 2015 and will run until July 17, 2015.
1st Place: All American Sun Oven
2nd Place: Sunflair Standard Solar Oven Kit
3rd Place: Rechargeable Jumper Box Kit & Accessories
4th Place: Kill a Watt Power Saving Device
Watch the video below for more info on the prizes
Winners will be selected using a random number generator and will be required to submit a video of the unboxing of the prize. Winner videos will be added to our Winners Playlist.
You may remember Hensley Isaac’s 11 Blade Freedom II Missouri Wind Turbine project from May 2015. After some consideration and resourcefulness, he’s decided to re-site his wind turbine and design a completely new wind turbine tower. He’s continuously working to put hard work into his wind power setup and make improvements where he can.
He’s sited a new spot for his Missouri Wind and Solar Freedom II wind turbine
No amount of work was spared and no shortcuts were taken going into this wind turbine tower foundation. Hensley dug a 4 foot deep hole to anchor his wind turbine tower.
This month, he has started his wind turbine tower, complete with 4 foot x 4 foot concrete foundation. Made from 14 bags of concrete and other supplies, this tower won’t budge anytime soon.