New Zealand has good wind resources, and large wind farms continue to be developed throughout our country. Could you be harvesting the power of the wind on your property too?
A wind turbine converts wind flow firstly into rotational energy and then into electricity. Power yields from a turbine are very site specific and often the site needs to be monitored for a period of time before yield predictions can be made. As a consequence, only select areas are suitable for wind power as the single source of energy production. Is installing home wind power technology the right option for you?
Wind turbines require:
- consistent wind i.e. high average wind speeds >5m/s
- placement in free flowing air – no obstructions upwind eg. trees, buildings, etc
- regular maintenance to keep the mechanical parts working well
- resource consents if the tower structure is above limits
Alternative Power Sources: