Wind Turbines FAQ

Q: Are there incentives for purchasing personal wind turbines?
A: Yes, there are incentives. The U.S. government currently offers a 30% tax credit. In addition, some states, local governments and utilities may offer incentives of their own. Our certified dealer/installers can help you identify the incentives you qualify for.

Q: What is the difference between on-grid and off-grid turbines? How do I know which one is right for me?
A: If your home currently gets its energy from a utility company, you will need an on-grid turbine which helps decrease your monthly utility bill by generating energy your home draws on before it turns to your utility company for energy.
If you currently don’t have the option of buying energy from a utility company, you have what is known as an off-grid need. Homeowners with off-grid needs often create what is known as a hybrid system, which employs both wind energy and energy generated by solar photovoltaic cells to keep their batteries charged. We currently do not offer this service, but plan to add it in the near future.

Q: Do I have a good site?
A: Siting a wind generator is extremely important to the performance of the machine. The ideal location for a wind turbine is 20 feet (6 m) above any surrounding object within a 250-foot (76 m) radius. This generally means your property should be at least a half acre in size.

Q: Do I have enough wind?
A: You can find out using the links on this site.

Q: What are my local laws?
A: Determine if you have any local restrictions from a homeowners’ association or city or county that prohibit the use of towers.

If you have a homeowners’ association (HOA), check the guidelines relating to towers or tall structures.
Ask your local county planning and zoning authority whether you can place a tower on your property. The tower must place the turbine at least 20 feet (6 m) above any surrounding object.

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