By Christina B. Farnsworth |
Small-scale wind turbines are an economical way to generate home energy. Anyone visiting the grounds of the United States Botanic Garden, in the shadow of the nation’s Capitol can check out a 1.2 kW Windspire vertical axis wind turbine in person.
Whisper-quiet, the turbine spins in a breeze and generates roughly a quarter of a typical home’s energy use with only 12 mile-per-hour winds. The turbines on display are in the Garden Terrace near park benches under shade trees. The Windspire is about 30-feet tall.
As many as 13 million U.S. homes have enough wind to make a residential-scale wind turbine an economical solution with which to generate pollution-free electricity. General wind maps can be found at www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_maps.asp
Want to learn more about wind? Check out these references:
Wind energy can be eligible tax credits or incentives. Check out http://dsireusa.org/ to see available programs in each state.
America Wind Energy Association: www.awea.org/smallwind
Residential examples: www.windspireenergy.com/applications/residential/