Home wind power is mainly generating electricity for the home and extensions of the home, such as out buildings, using free energy that comes from the power of the wind.
People trying to disconnect from commercial utility grids can (and do) erect turbines outside their homes to save money.
In some cases the former consumer can now be the utility wholesaler and even sell excess energy back to the public or commercial utility company.
Installing a wind power generator for the home can be an easy task, or the process can have a few needed touches that can make the whole installation complex.
A domestic windpower generator
One such complexity can be the use of rechargeable batteries for when the wind is down, as well as wiring and transforming AC/DC currents.
If the project goal includes selling excess power back to the local utility grid or if regulations dictate that a tower needs to be erected by a professional, then finding a trust worthy contractor becomes a part of the process as well.
The tower is just a technical name for the pole that the turbine or other type of generator sits on, and in most cases will need to be installed by a qualified contractor due to regulatory and/or physical limitations.
There are many wind generator installation services. Some things to look for when hiring a contractor to install a home wind power generator on the property are:
- Safety Issues/Laws
- Municipal Regulations
- City Regulations
- State Regulations
The first thing to do is to find out what the local municipality feels needs to be regulated when installing wind power in the home.
There are safety issues that mostly can be overcome with common sense. However, these laws are in place for when the spirit of common sense fails us.
Regulations vary from city to city, and state to state, so they need to be checked out before spending any money.
Jim Johnson of a Public Coordinator for the National Wind Tech Center said in a phone interview:
Regulation is relative to where you live. The extremes in regulation go from no regulation at all, to extremely prohibitive.
Oregon for instance has no restrictions. California is very prohibitive when it comes to installing a wind tower and turbine.
But California will help you find a licensed contractor in the area you want to erect a residential wind generator.
Nevada is restrictive in a lot of the bigger areas, but the state also has a lot of rural places where in contrast the state is not as prohibitive.
Where I am in Colorado city construction is not prohibited.
Check out the EERA website, or Google search Wind Powering America. That is our site. There is a list there for each state. This information doesn’t get down to the various rules of each municipality: but if there are state regulations it will be listed there on the site.
The site also has detailed information about tax credits and rebates for wind power listed under each state that gives or awards them.
Home wind power is so new that a lot of local authorities either ignore that this change exists, by saying nothing: Or they simply are not caught up with the times, either way, safety comes first.
The general way that home power generation works is: Turbines will take advantage of wind that will agitate magnets to generate friction and electrical power for home use. This method is highly effective.
The turbine powered by wind is known to be powering homes in forty-seven states currently, and the potential for growth is strong.
Wind power for the home is one great alternative to traditional grid power, it is simple to put in place and can help off-set or eliminate electric bills.
Contributed by David Allison