Perhaps you’ve seen them in the distance as you drive along the highway: tall towers with a set of blades on top that spin gently with the wind. Wind power from turbines is increasing in many municipalities and countries across the globe, but is it possible to power a home with wind?
Wind turbines and solar panels are two major components of renewable energy systems. They are becoming increasingly popular because the energy from renewable sources is basically free once the panels or turbines are manufactured and installed, and these energy sources don’t produce environmental pollutants.
The use of wind power increasing on a large scale. The turbines are raised 100 feet in the air to take advantage of wind speeds at that level. Turbines may include NRG Systems tilt-up tower services to maximize effectiveness. They don’t take up as much room as acres of solar panels on a solar farm, and they require very little maintenance. But is wind power a realistic option for individual homeowners?
Just as solar panels have become smaller for residential installation, wind power has been scaled down, too. Rooftop wind turbines can supplement a home energy system, although they cannot replace the grid entirely. Smaller-scale home solar energy systems have net metering, which means they are connected to the energy grid. When the panels produce more energy than the home is using, the excess goes onto the grid. Rooftop wind turbines are connected to batteries rather than the grid, so they can help supplement a home’s power needs, but not replace the grid.
A hybrid system of solar panels, a rooftop wind turbine and batteries is the best solution here. When the sun is shining, the batteries will be charged, and the wind turbine will work when the wind is blowing. If the batteries can’t provide enough power, the house will draw from the grid. In some areas, power companies buy renewable power from homeowners when there is excess.
If it is properly sized, renewable power from wind and solar can run your home. This is the wave of the future.