Over its life-time, wind energy provides the lowest average power cost of any new energy source in many locations. Factors that enter into a decision are typically the location’s windspeed (which determines energy production), the alternative utility costs, regulations regarding net metering or power purchases, federal investment tax credit (ITC), local grants or incentives, and siting regulations.
A significant potential incentive available to current U.S. investors is the federal investment tax credit to support small wind generation. This federal tax incentive can pay a potential tax credit equal to 30% of the wind turbine investment to help encourage on-site distributed wind generation. This incentive is unrelated to the more controversial PTC (production tax credit) for large wind farms.
As each site is unique, you should inquire about assistance if you believe you may have a viable project. If you would like to get a general estimate of windspeed in your region we typically use windspeed maps between 30 and 50 meters. These links lead to the 30 meter and 50 meter wind maps of the U.S., click on your State to get more detail:
ArborWind has trained staff which can assist you in determining your costs and benefits. Please consider contacting us.