Careful wind turbine siting is an essential part of installing a wind power system. Keep these tips in mind while getting started.
Whether you're considering your own small-scale wind energy system or just want a straightforward, detailed introduction to the benefits and challenges of this rapidly emerging technology, "Wind Power Basics" by Dan Chiras is the guide for you.
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Wind Rose: This unique graph shows how often winds blow from various directions and the percent energy of the wind for various directions. The wider white bars represent the percent of total energy from different directions and the narrower, shaded bars illustrate the percent of total time from each of the sixteen different direction sectors.
For wind turbine siting, first determine the prevailing wind direction, then look for a location for the tower that’s upwind of major obstacles.