Residential wind power turbineIs a residential wind power system right for you? Does the wind blow enough at your home to justify the cost of purchasing and installing a wind energy system?

Some parts of the United States are prime areas for wind power generation. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has done the research. The following is a link provided by the NREL website, showing a map of the United States with average wind speeds, which may help you decide if residential wind turbines might be justifiable:

Proper planning for a small wind electric system is vital to ensuring that the savings will justify the expenses as well as that the system will meet expectations of power generation. There are also legal questions to be aware of. For a number of important issues to consider in your decision-making process, you may wish to check this page on the website.

Any wind power system installed at a location that receives power from HOEC's electrical system must have certain protective equipment in place to protect you (the home owner) and the service linemen of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative against danger of injury or death. Also required is a completed and approved Co-Generation Agreement before installation begins. See the Co-Generation page on this website for details.