Wind turbines are electric generators that utilize the wind to produce clean, free, and valuable power for residential properties, farms, and small businesses. The advantage to wind is that you can generate power 24/7!
Ohio Power Solutions has been installing wind turbines since 2009 with many installations under our belt. We carry multiple size turbines & brands. We are constantly increasing our knowledge of wind power by attending trade shows, seminars, and workshops.
Currently, there are federal tax credits (30% of the total project cost) for residential & commercial clients to help offset the upfront cost of installing a wind generator.
For commercial & agricultural clients, there is an additional tax benefit for business owners & farmers to depreciate the capital expenditure which will provide more tax savings.
We offer a turn-key service. Ohio Power Solutions will handle every step of the project including the design, engineering, hardware purchase, installation, electrical connection, permits, fees, the interconnection application with the utility company, and system commissioning.
Contact us today for a free site assessment to determine how well suited your property is for wind power. The following is a list of what Ohio Power Solutions needs to develop a proposal:
- Who is your electric provider?
- Copy of the electric bill
- Property Size
- Address of the property
We are a certified dealer and installer for Xzeres Wind products. Ohio Power Solutions offers the following size wind turbines.
- 6 kW Skystream 3.7
- 10 kW Xzeres 442SR
- 50 kW Xzeres
We are also a certified Bergey Windpower dealer & installer. The Bergey turbines are installed on self-supporting 3 leg lattice towers with tower heights of 80, 100, 120, & 140 feet.
- 6 kW Bergey
- 10 kW Bergey
How does Wind Power work?
Small wind energy systems can provide electricity on remote, off-grid, or grid connected sites. Wind turbines are electric generators that utilize wind energy to produce clean, emissions free power for residential homes, farms, and small businesses. With this simple and increasingly popular technology, individuals can generate their own power and cut their energy bills while helping to protect the environment.
A wind energy system has rotating blades that convert the winds kinetic energy into rotational momentum in a shaft. The rotating shaft turns an alternator, which makes electricity. This electricity is transmitted through wiring down the tower to an inverter which converts the direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC). The alternating current then flows into the electric panel for user consumption. In a grid connected system, the utility company will credit you for the excess power generated. In an off-grid system, the power will be stored in a battery bank which supplies the site with power and charges the battery bank. The battery bank will supply the site with power when the wind energy system is not producing electricity. Off-grid applications are most ideal for remote locations.
Newer technology allows the blades to turn to face the wind allowing the wind turbine to track the winds as they shift direction. The tail directs the rotor into the wind. There is a governing system that limits the rotor rpm as well as generator output to protect the turbine from high winds. A governing system will prevent the motor from burning out. There is also a shutdown mechanism which can be utilized to stop energy production during a severely strong storm or when the wind turbine needs serviced.
What is net metering?
Net metering is the regulatory ability to get credit for electricity you generate from renewable energy at full retail rates. Net metering allows you to use the electric utility grid as storage for power you generate when you are not using it. During the day your system may put power onto “the grid” spinning your electric meter backwards, and at night you draw that credited energy back again. At the end of the billing period, the customer only pays for their net consumption, or the amount of electricity consumed, minus the amount generated.
Do I have adequate wind flow on my property?
In general, small wind turbines need to be installed in areas that experience a relatively consistent wind speed over 8 mph. Average wind speeds between 12 mph and 25 mph are ideal for wind energy applications to achieve the greatest amount of energy production. At Ohio Power Solutions, we will come to the site and evaluate the wind conditions for free. There are wind maps available on the internet as well. Local weather stations or airports might be a good resource to check for average local wind speeds.
How do you determine the Tower Height?
The height will depend on the size of the system, site conditions, average annual wind speeds, and any site obstructions. Wind speed increases as elevation increases. Therefore, a taller tower will produce greater amounts of energy due to increased wind speeds. The general rule of thumb is that the top of the tower where the turbine is must be at least 20 ft. taller than any obstructions that are within a 300 foot radius of the turbine location.
Can I use wind power to power a battery bank?
Yes, additional components are required for connection to a battery bank. A system can also be designed to incorporate wind power with an existing grid-tied solar PV system with battery back-up power for when grid power is lost.
What are the benefits of Wind Power?
Wind will always be a renewable energy source that will never get depleted. Typically in Ohio, the wind is blowing when the sun is not shining.
Benefits of wind energy are:
- Great Return on Investment
- Clean Alternative Energy
- Very Quiet Operation
- Energy can be produced during the night (24/7)
- Wind turbines do not take up much space
- A great rural energy source
- Wind Turbines have a design life of 20-25 years.