While most of the city of Seattle does not lend itself to significant electricity production from wind power, there are some great locations in Western Washington, and even better locations in Eastern and Southeast Washington for generating clean, renewable electricity from your own wind turbine.
If you have average wind speeds in the neighborhood of 10-11 mph, you are an excellent candidate for generating electricity from wind power, and you will have a fairly quick payback period. For more detailed information, take a look at the following windmap of Washington:
In general, good spots for wind power electricity generation in Western Washington are along coastlines (Ocean Shores/Long Beach area, for example), along foothills (Enumclaw/Buckley area, for example), the Skagit flats, certain places on various islands, along the Tacoma Narrows, and certain other places. If your location is not specifically mentioned, this does not necessarily mean you do not have a good spot for wind generators. Here are a few facts about Residential Small Wind Systems.
Wind speeds are highly variable and highly localized. Your NW Wind & Solar Sales Consultant will work with you to determine if your location is suitable for wind-powered electricity generation.
In the meantime, if you are driving along I-90 to and from Seattle, be sure to check out our Skystream wind turbine just west of the Mt. Baker tunnel on the north side of the freeway.
Interested in alternative energy in the Pacific Northwest? For most residential and commercial customers, a photovoltaic array provides the most flexibility and consistent energy supply. To find out more visit our Solar Power pages.