Wind Energy in Your Backyard
There is a high potential that Michigan and the Upper Thumb region will start seeing more users of home wind turbines in use for farms, homes, and cottages. Advances in technology have made this potential more affordable. Even “Big Box” home improvement stores have wind generation products for sale for home use.
Guidance for Your Own Wind Turbine
The U.S. Department of Energy has drafted guidance for homeowners wishing to consider investment in wind energy. Here are some basic guidelines.
- At least ½ acre of land
- Trees and other structures with a lower height than the turbine
- No local zoning laws, building codes, or other covenants restricting structures such as turbine towers, which can range from 30 to 140 feet
- The area must maintain an annual average wind speed of 10 MPH or greater at hub height.
Cost of a Home Wind Turbine
Purchasing and installing a home-based wind energy system can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 per kilowatt. However, tax incentives, credits, and grants can substantially lower the cost. You may be eligible to receive a federal credit for 30 percent of expenditures, as long as your equipment meets certain performance standards.
Consider Your Neighbors Next to a Wind Turbine
In Canada, neighbors are upset with a planned wind turbine for a new home. This video is provided by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
- A home wind turbine has a Vancouver neighborhood upset
- The Most Exclusive Home in the Thumb
- Wind Farm Remorse