gpack wrote: »
Our community is considering putting up a community wind turbine. We have been advised we have a 1MW export capacity. Can anyone suggest a suitable turbine based on reliability that may be suitable for the site?
Wind with total installed capacity greater than
500kW but not exceeding 1.5MW (pricing in Pence??)
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BB. wrote: »
In general, commercial wind only makes sense as long as the government is providing tax breaks, rebates, and forcing the power company to pay way more for the power than it is worth.
Several things to consider... I would suggest a funding mechanism to remove the wind turbine if/when is reaches end of serviceable/operational life (finding parts/somebody that can repair them, after 5-10 years becomes quite difficult--I would research the vendor's capability to keep the turbine running during its planned service life). This is could be as little as 1 year or as long as 20 years--Depending on how well it is maintained and what happens with the funding.
Also, wind is getting some pretty bad press from the detractors--There is a possibility that it could reduce the valuation of land/homes around the turbine installation.
When looking for a turbine--I would look at what is already installed in your area. You are going to need a local support company rather than bring a completely new turbine with no local servicing/parts sources. Also, you can talk with the owners and see if you can review their production logs (kWH/month, up-time, etc.).
Getting back to basics--Why does the community want wind power. Reduce costs? Going Green?