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285x285windpowerWind power can be a clean and cost effective alternative source of electricity. For rural homes with a good wind energy resource, it is often a cheaper option than solar power. As a basic guide, houses on the coast or hills on exposed rural land have better wind resource, and houses in urban or heavily vegetated areas, away from the coast, have less wind.


Getting a good estimate of wind resource is the most important step in ascertaining how much energy you'll be able to get out of your wind turbine. If you live in a rural area and have plenty of open space around your home, an experienced wind turbine installer can estimate your wind energy resource, however such estimations can be unreliable in the turbulent urban environment and in complex terrain.


A turbulent site will not only reduce the power output of a turbine, it will also significantly increase the wear and tear on the machine. The best way to get an estimate of wind speed is to measure the wind speed and direction on site, but this is rarely cost effective for domestic scale wind turbines.

The small wind market has generally been dominated by horizontal axis wind turbines, usually with two or three blades. Wind turbines of up to 5kW in size are suitable for household use, with 1kW being the most common size.


Small wind turbines generally cost up to $10,000, however this may just be for a wind turbine and controller only. Towers, inverters, meters, cables, batteries and installation costs must all be factored in separately, and will take the total cost for a quality turbine well into the tens of thousands.


Like solar power you can have your wind power system connected to your mains power grid connection via an inverter. In some states and territories, if you have a grid-connected system, you may be eligible for a feed-in tariff and get paid for the clean, green power you put back into the mains grid.


Before installing a wind power system check with your local council for any planning or building permits you may require.


Energy Matters -
Ph. 1300 727 151

Yarra Energy -
Ph. 0413 795 926

Sun Wind and Power (SWAP) -
Ph. 1300 132 954

Listed suppliers are a guide and are not endorsed by Green Cross Australia or the Alternative Technology Association.

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