Wind energy is abundant, renewable, distributed, and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing the use of fossil fuel-based energy sources. Typically harvested in large “wind farms”, wind energy has also become available to consumers on a smaller-scale. Wind energy is also readily available for consumers to purchase through their utility provider. Installation of a small-scale wind turbine on a home or farm can help offset other energy costs.
Accessibility to wind power has only been made easier over the past decade. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the market for wind energy has increased 31% in 2007 alone, with the cost of installing wind energy decreasing to less than one fifth of costs reported in the 1980’s. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the United States leads the world in wind capacity growth.
Family Farm in Iowa Purchases and Installs a Second-Hand Turbine
Using a mix of federal and state tax incentives, a private bank loan, and a reduced-interest loan through the state of Iowa, this family farm purchased and installed a second hand wind turbine. The turbine, which produces about 800,000 kWh’s annually, will pay for its own construction within 6 ½ years of operation.
Carleton College Large-Scale Turbine Installation
This single-large scale wind turbine produced 4800 megawatt hours in its first year of operation. An energy purchase agreement helped to finance the turbine’s construction, which will pay for itself in renewable energy savings within 10-12 years of operation.
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