Why choose Wind Power?
Traditional energy costs are rising steadily. Meanwhile, renewable energy is becoming more accessible and popular. Its costs are been driven downward by advances in technology while an upward demand is being stimulated by public acceptance and awareness. Government incentives and regulations are supporting this trend, as well with grants, low-interest loans and something called “net metering,” where your local utility company buys the power you produce! There also are incentives for manufacture of renewable energy components and systems. So, by choosing renewable energy, you are supporting a sustainable future – for your community and your country, not to mention contributing to reducing our carbon footprint on Earth.
What are the Characteristics of a Good Wind Turbine Location?
Argosy’s™ turbines fit into almost any type of landscape, whether it is an agricultural setting, a suburban location or even an urban business campus. However, you still need to ensure your site has sustainable wind speed and an accessible open space surrounding the turbine.
- WIND SPEED: Argosy™ turbines are optimized for lower wind speeds, creating power at wind speeds as low as 2.7m/s (6 mph). Our turbine continues to create power at increasing levels as wind speeds increase, but shuts down automatically when wind speed exceeds 25m/s (55.9 mph).
- OPEN SPACE: Argosy’s™ turbine installation varies slightly from model to model based upon the specific topography at the individual installation location. Unobstructed settings with ample wind speed typically yield the best power output. An ideal site for a wind turbine is 6.1m (20ft) above any surrounding object (trees, roof tops, hills, tall buildings, etc.) within a 76.2m (250ft) radius. This generally means your installation area should be at least 2023m² (½ acre) or larger in size.
- ACCESSIBILITY: When considering a site for your Argosy™ turbine, keep a few of these guidelines in mind: The site must be accessible by flatbed trucks and a crane As the Argosy™ turbines are design for grid interconnection you will need to ensure that an interconnection point to your local utility grid is nearby. You can work with your Argosy™ dealer and the local electrical utility to determine the best interconnection point. Check with your local government concerning any zoning issues or installation regulations. These guidelines help to ensure a safe environment around the turbine.
Is Wind Power The Right Choice for My Needs?
Wind power is a clean, affordable choice that works effectively in many settings. Whether you choose wind to take back your energy independence, rapid return on investment or because of your commitment to preserving our environment, wind is an increasingly popular choice in a crowded field of renewable energy alternatives. It is critical to review your current energy costs and understand the federal, local, private funding and legislative resources available to help make your wind project a success!
What Size Turbine do I Need?
Argosy’s™ 20kw turbine produces enough electricity to power 4-5 homes. These are community sized wind turbines but suitable for residential developments, farms and small business applications.
Argosy’s™ 50kw turbine will produce enough electricity to power 10-12 homes. These are typically not found in residential settings, but produce an ample amount of electricity for schools and universities, farms, municipalities and variety of business applications.
How much Energy will My Wind Turbine Produce?
The amount of electricity produced will vary based upon the sustained wind speed at your location. Please refer to our specification sheets for the capabilities of our turbine models.
How Much Power does My Site Need to Produce?
Many customers would like their turbine to produce only the power load they require to operate their farm, business or home. Net metering laws are being adopted in locations globally. This legislation allows turbine owners to sell any surplus energy they create to their local utility as a form of supplemental income.
How Can I Determine My Wind Source?
There are a numerous of online resources to help you determine what your location’s wind resource. Wind maps and modeling technology often provide very accurate information:
- NREL: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) has conducted extensive U.S. wind studies.
- AWS: AWS Truepower has produced global mapping wind resources.
- 3TIER: 3TIER’s services help their clients manage the risk global wind resource variability.
You can also install and collect data from an anemometer to determine your wind resource. Customers sometimes choose to install one for 3-12 months to measure their wind resource, but it still required detailed statistical analysis to project the long-term resource. For this reason, we have determined that enough tools exist for us to help you determine your wind resource for an Argosy™ wind turbine project without the added time and expense of an anemometer study. Let Argosy™ and our consulting partners help you determine your wind resource so that you do not have to exhaust the time and resources of an anemometer exercise.
How can I determine Return on Investment (ROI)?
Argosy’s™ business development team can help you calculate your Return on Investment (ROI). We take into account our turbine’s power curve and determine a wind profile with a typical distribution. To do that, we need a few things from you:
- CURRENT ENERGY COSTS: Found on your regular monthly utility invoices, we use this information to calculate your average cost per kilowatt-hour.
- WIND SPEED: Your payback period is a function of your location’s average sustained wind speed. We can provide you with estimated data or you can visit some of the websites mentioned previously in “How Can I Determine My Wind Resource.”
- FEDERAL & LOCAL INCENTIVES (USA): State and federal renewable energy incentives are constantly evolving. We can help you research potential incentives in your region or you can visit DSIREUSA, to learn about available programs.
- FIT TARIFFS: FIT (Feed in Tariffs) are paid to owners of designated renewable electricity generation sources to encourage power to be placed back onto a grid. A feed-in tariff (FIT) is paid at a premium rate and currently exists in over 40 international countries, states and provinces. FITs can be applied in two scenarios:
- Gross FIT – all electricity generated from a renewable source is purchased at a premium rate from the power generator. The power generator purchases electricity from the grid, or
- NET FIT – unused or surplus electricity is purchased from the power generator.
In addition to Argosy™ providing assistance with calculating your Return on Investment, we can also refer you to consulting partners that can offer information on financing your turbine purchase, finding grants and applying for tax credits. These additional resources can walk you through the installation process and provide information specific to your location.
What is a Power Curve?
A power curve visually describes the power output of each turbine at a range of wind speeds. The curve allows you measure how efficiently a given turbine converts wind into energy.