Small wind defined.

When most people think of wind energy, they think of large wind farms spread across acres of an open field. However, small wind projects - those with capacities 100 KW and below - are a more practical application for consumer and commercial markets.

Small wind is a feasible solution for small businesses, homes, farms, manufacturing plants, schools and municipalities, where the consumption of electricity is not as much as facilities with larger demands. Small wind projects can offset energy costs and support a cleaner environment while requiring less capital compared to a multi-million dollar utility scale wind project.

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Assess the practicality of small wind for you.

Small wind projects can be highly beneficial given the right conditions. However, it is not for everyone. Answer these basic questions before moving forward:

  • Do you have good wind?
  • Do you have sufficient space?
  • Are tall structures (60-100 ft) allowed in your area?
  • Are you comfortable with the payback period?

Get started with a Free WindSight Assessment to explore your wind project potential.


Buyer beware...

There are many new entrants offering small wind solutions everyday. Unfortunately, many are making false or misleading claims relative to turbine rating, power output and payback periods. Your unique wind resource, project goals and energy demand will determine the proper turbine for your project.

For more information read Small Wind: Buyer Beware!.


Things to consider...

Although the preparation for small wind projects is less intensive when compared to large-scale wind farms, planning and knowledge are still vital.  Due diligence in the following areas is necessary to ensure that your overall small wind experience meets expectations and pays dividends well into the future:

Wind assessment – Make sure you have sufficient wind before you invest in a turbine. Site-specific wind data is not only critical to project financials, but turbine selection as well.

Zoning, permitting, and environmental considerations – There are a number of issues surrounding zoning and permitting of wind turbines, at the local, state and federal levels. Thoroughly investigate those regulations that may affect your project site before its too late.   

Utility interconnection - Get to know your utility as they are all  different, with varying rules and standards. Consult with experts who have experience in asking the right questions.

Turbine selection – There is a vast array of turbine manufacturers, sizes, and designs on the market today, which can be overwhelming. Before purchasing, it is extremely important to do your research. Seek turbines that have been independently tested and certified. 

And remember…turbine selection is based not on claims of manufacturers, but on your unique wind conditions and project goals.  The key is to match electricity demand to turbine output (not generator size).

Project financing and economics – Financial modeling performed upfront is useful in verifying that the Return on Investment falls in line with your expectations.  Our small wind study identifies all available incentives and financing options at the local, state and federal levels.

Installation and Maintenance - This can be a complicated process from procuring all of the equipment, pulling permits, hiring the right construction company/installer, etc.


Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting, Inc. is a turnkey solution provider for projects large and small. Learn more about our unique service offerings and low cost solutions for the small wind market.

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