How a Small Wind Turbine Works, Part 1


| 4/24/2015 8:40:00 AM


Tags: wind power, off grid living, electricity, Maine, Chip Means,

Wind Turbine 

While still hugely dependent upon fossil fuels, the home energy industry has evolved meaningfully in recent decades. Renewables are no longer cost-prohibitive or “special interest” options for homeowners; they’re commonsense solutions that provide a range of benefits to homes, businesses and the planet. 

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports the U.S. solar industry is on pace to complete its one millionth solar installation in 2015. As growth continues, homeowners now see solar as a realistic, investment-friendly option. State- and federal-level incentives have further contributed to what we now recognize as a solar boom.

Similarly, the small-scale (or, “distributed”) wind industry is evolving from a quiet companion of the solar movement to a front-and-center home renewable option—and the momentum for small wind is growing. As GreenTech Media reported in 2014, the distributed wind industry is looking to replicate the solar adoption boom. Federal incentives are now in the corner of distributed wind, in addition to solar. 

As more U.S. homes consider the benefits of small wind turbines (which I’ll cover in a later post), it is imperative that we fully understand the technology that could soon be as common a home fixture as solar arrays.

Wind Turbine Basics 




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