Residential Wind Energy
As electricity rates increase, people are looking for a way to harness the residential wind energy on their land. In order to provide a significant portion of the electricity needed by the average U.S. home, wind turbines generally require 1 acre of property or more.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 21 million U.S. homes are built on sites that are 1 acre and larger and 19.3% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, making residential distributed wind a potential key element of the wind energy mix in the United States.
A small wind electric system will work for you if:
- There is enough wind where you live
- Tall towers are allowed in your neighborhood or rural area (or you live in flat terrain with no tall obstacles nearby)
- You have enough space
- You can determine how much electricity you need or want to produce
- You can interconnect with your utility service provider (assuming you have a grid-connection application) or would like to utilize offgrid power.
More Information on Residential Wind
These resources provide additional information about residential wind.
How Do I Get Wind Power?
Learn how you can own, partner with, host, and support wind power.
Small Wind Guidebook
This guide will provide you with basic information about small wind electric systems to help you decide if wind energy will work for you.