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1.  Can you install the wind turbines generators at your home?

Before you start your project you need to know what your town will let you do.  Go to your town hall and talk to the zoning office.  This class of wind turbine is new.  Most towns have no criteria for this.  You may be pioneering for them.  I know I did when I did mine.
You need to know how high you can go with them.  (Continue reading for more info on height.)  They may not know anything at all, or you might get lucky and someone read a magazine.  The may ask you for plans, which you can draw yourself with a ruler and a pencil.  Most towns will accept that for a project like this.

Before you do anything you need to read this page for planning your job.

5.  Plan your Electrical.

This is low voltage so an electrician isn't really needed. 12, 24, and 48 volts is not likely to hurt you, but you could start an electrical fire if you don't plan and protect properly. You need to be pretty good with your hands or get someone who knows proper electrics. You will still need electrical permits and should adhere to the NEC Codes. ( National Electric Codes) If you are planning on towers in your yard, you need to get your power to your utility area. Plan on running an electrical grade PVC pipe underground to your utility area. Refer to a wire distributor for wire size which will dictate pipe size. There's lots of considerations you need to make as you plan your utility area and wiring. Be sure to have ventilation for your batteries. A lot of batteries are best not in your house and located in a separate structure. You need to make sure you are well protected from short circuits with fuses and breakers everywhere. Read the codes to understand more. Welding cable is the best bang for your buck.

2.  Study your wind

There is no sense spending loads of money on a system of small farm if you live in a low wind zone.  You won't be happy. Any wind turbine requires wind speed to perform.  Look at the chart below and see where you are.  Grab a beer and a radio and sit in your yard to watch the trees.  You may have to sit out there several days to get the whole picture.  If the branches are not bending much, you may want to start small with one turbine for low wind.  See how it goes.  Your elevation has lots to do with that too.  It would be great if you bought yourself a small weather station.  Then you can watch the game and your meter.  Check the wind chart here for your wind zone.
Winds usually kick up at the end of the day when the temperature starts to change.  Sometimes it last for hours.  Of course, there is storm winds too.

3.  Look at your terrain and environment.

Trees, hills and buildings can be a problem.  You will need to get above them of 500 feet or more away from them.  Your towers could be 60 or 70 feet in the air.  Don't let that scare you!  The higher the better.  Plan your Turbines for the future growth of the trees.

4.  Plan your mounting.

There are 3 different ways of mounting your wind turbines.  Keep in mind, what ever you do, make sure your mounting will withstand 100+ mile per hour winds.
A.  Tower .  Towers need to have guy wires.  You need to allow a 50 foot paremeter for the guy wires on the ground.  You can use those same guy wires to raise your tower. 
You'll need a good concrete base.  At lease a 2' X 2' X 2' block.  You can make it with bags of concrete and 2 short pipes.   We can tell you how to do it, you will have to do your own engineering.

B.  Wall Mount.   Wall mounting will require xome fabrication of brackets.  You can't use TV mounts.  They need to be made of heavy high grade steel welded and bolted.  The wall bracket bases need to span 4 feet and fasten to the beams in the walls.  Don't be "cheap"!  You'll be glad I said that.  My towers are wall mounted nd held up to 110 MPH hurricane winds.

C.  Peak Mount.   Peak Mounts are probably the simplest for you to install.    You can run them in a row across the top of your roof.  They span the ridge on your roof and lag bolt into the roof beams.  We're working on a line of peak mounts for resale.  There are some wind advantages with these.

6.  What are you going to do with the power?

There are 3 ways to use this power.  You need to be smart on what you do because the inverters are a major investment. 

A, Raw voltage.   You can use the low voltage for many things.  Water and air heaters are available in low voltage.  Low Voltage lighting is readily available.

B.  Direct inverter.   This is an inverter you would plug into directly.  Typically you should have a bank of batteries in this application.  This will allow you to use your inverters 24/7.  If you have lots of wind in your area, and you are supplimenting solar, you don't need a big batter bank.  We suggest you talk to your battery distributor to plan your reserve.  Use the charts on our Watt chart page to calculate the size of the inverters you need.  We suggest keeping spares and using more than one for redundancy.

C.  Grid Tie Inverters.   Grid Tie is is simply that.  It ties into your house wiring and back feeds into the electric grid.  This is used as a suppliment to your electric and bill reducing.  Wind turbines will need a small battery bank to act as a voltage regulator.  Your wind turbines will feed those inverters 24/7.  You also need a controller to prevent over charging in extreme situations.  The good news is you get to use what you make first.  Bad news is it can't be used as emergency power.

Here is an example of someone's wall mount.  He needed to clear somes eves in this design.  They're still in service.

Wind Turbine Generators need speed like any alternator.  Even the ones in your cars need speed to charge properly.  The same applies in wind power.

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7.  Wiring and wire size.   This is very important!  I am sure you have used a funnel at one time or another.  Think of electricity the same way.  You know it is faster to just pour than to use a funnel.   It's the same principle.  The wire has to be sized to let the watts flow freely.  We suggest welding cable because of it's durability, flexibility and easy to work with.  A minimum of #10 should be used from a 3 wire PMA to the rectifier (24 & 48 Volt applications).  #8 is even better (12 Volt applications)   #4 should be used from the rectifier to your utility area.  Always oversize for long runs over 100 linier feet

The age of the new super powerful and low profile mini wind turbine is changing the way people do things and think.
When most people get serious about alternative energy they do not just buy ONE solar panel, they purchase 4 or 5 and sometimes even 10 or 12 solar panels if they really want to cut the power company off. Well the same philosophy applies to wind turbines! Putting up just ONE wind turbine is not going to create any kind of electrical miracle, it takes many turbines to make an impact on your power bill. The old "ONE Wind Turbine" mentality does not work in this era of the smaller and un-intrusive mini turbines. The idea is to put up as many as you can and mount them lower. Not disturbing your neighbors is the key to opening the wind market in America. Having several small, low profile wind turbines dotting your property does not seem to bother people! With this tactic it is as if the wind turbines are almost invisible on your property! 87,000 customers have proven this point very well in the last 5 years.
 
Hopefully in the next few decades Americans will also learn to accept Wind turbines as icons of energy independence.
In Germany over 200,000 wind turbines now dot the sky line. These wind turbines have come to be admired as "Majestic Giants" by a modern and progressive society that is no longer making the middle-east any wealthier.
 
Many of our customers have decided to install dozens of mini turbines rather than erecting one large 10KW wind turbine on an expensive tower since it is about the same total cost for less wattage. Also do not forget the "EYE SORE" factor of having a 80 foot tall tower on your property! This will not only devalue your neighbors property investment but most likely yours too! At least in this age nobody appreciates a BIG 80 foot tall wind turbine next to them! Mini wind farm advantages are many.
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Hints for people that are attempting to operate a household and are not on the grid:
Get a fork lift battery! Try calling places that sell used fork lifts. The 12 volt batteries that run fork lifts are the best! Many of these old batteries are discarded because they can no longer operate a fork lift for a full 8 hour work day but they still have enough operational life to run your household for many decades. Many can be bought at recycling prices and still have 100 times more amperage than a brand new bank of automotive type batteries that will only last for 2 or 3 years.
 
Lifespan of battery types while engaged in demanding alternative energy use:
Cheapest bargain store bought automotive battery - 6 to 8 months life before it goes to the junk heap.
Professional battery store bought T105 battery - 2 to 3 years life before it goes to the junk heap.
Professional battery store bought L-16 battery - 4 to 7 years life before it goes to the junk heap.
Industrial bougWS Fork Lift battery - The one I own is 31 years old now, I will let you all know when it finally dies.
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