A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO BUILDING A SMALL WIND POWER SYSTEM FROM THE GROUND UP
Written by renewable energy experts, this hands-on resource provides the technical information and easy-to-follow instructions you need to harness the wind and generate clean, safe, and reliable energy for on-site use.
Build Your Own Small Wind Power System shows you how to install a grid-connected or off-grid residential-scale setup. Get tips for evaluating your site for wind power potential, obtaining permits, financing your project, selecting components, and assembling and maintaining your system. Pictures, diagrams, charts, and graphs illustrate each step along the way. You'll also find out how you can help promote wind-friendly public policies locally. Save money and reduce your carbon footprint with help from this practical guide.
Challenges and impacts of small wind energy
Electricity, energy, and wind science
Determining if wind power is right for you
Financing small wind power
Permits and zoning
Wind turbine fundamentals
Choosing the right wind turbine for the job
Balance of system: batteries, inverters, and controllers
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. First Wind: Introduction to Small Wind Power Chapter 2. Second Wind: Challenges and Impacts of Small Wind Energy Chapter 3. Electricity, Energy, and Wind Science Chapter 4. Personal Assessment: Is Wind Power Right for You Chapter 5. Site Assessment: Will Wind Power Work at Your Location Chapter 6. How to Finance Small Wind Power Chapter 7. Navigating Permits and Zoning Chapter 8. Wind Turbines Demystified Chapter 9. How to Choose the Right Wind Turbine for the Job Chapter 10. Balance of System: Batteries, Inverters, Controllers, and More Chapter 11. Installation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting Chapter 12. Future Developments in Wind Power Glossary Notes Index