Commercial Wind Power
NW Wind & Solar offers commercial grade wind-powered electricity generating systems to meet your renewable energy needs.
Depending upon your site, an array of single Skystream™ Wind Turbines will each be mounted on a guyless tower, a hollow steel pole specifically designed for your installation. The tower will be secured either to the ground with an engineered footing or to a specifically engineered structure.
The system's net meter allows for your wind-generated electricity to supplement the existing electric supply from the electric utility. When the wind is blowing, your business will consume the electricity produced by the wind first, thus reducing or eliminating the need for electricity provided by your utility. When there’s no wind, you automatically draw power from the grid. When you produce more electricity than your business consumes at any given time, the excess electricity is fed back into the public utility grid, literally turning your electricity meter backwards! Power provided this way generates credits to be used against your annual electricity consumption. In addition to the net meter, a production meter records the total number of kilowatt hours produced by your wind system, allowing you to receive annual production incentive payments from your utility.
Description of a typical commercial system
Small commercial wind electric systems are typically an array of pole-mounted wind turbine(s) installed in an open unobstructed area. The total height of the pole must be at least 35 feet and may need to be higher in order to capture prevailing winds. Rotor diameters range from 4 to 15 feet long and average electricity production with 12 mph winds yields approximately 400 kWh per month per turbine.
Typically, wind turbines are installed at least 20 feet above any obstructions that could block or redirect wind and 250 feet away from obstructions in all horizontal directions. Wind energy is most practical in areas with average annual wind speeds over 10 miles per hour and on properties of one-half acre or more. Local zoning laws must allow for structures at least 35 feet high, and your electric utility provider should have a standard interconnection agreement allowing you to tie into the grid.
Is a wind power system right for my organization?
It is a great time to invest in your own locally generated clean electricity. NW Wind & Solar brings expertise and customer service and the right technology together to offer businesses an opportunity to make a difference.
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), half the land mass in the United States has sufficient wind to make a small turbine viable. NW Wind & Solar will ensure your wind installation meets your jurisdictional requirements, building code regulations, and most importantly, see that your system is designed to maximize production for your site and conditions.
Contact a professional NW Wind & Solar sales consultant to see if a system is right for you today!
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