Q: I would like to become a home wind-farmer. How much can I expect to pay for a home-sized wind system?
A reliable, well-installed and productive home-sized wind system will cost between $20,000 and $200,000. Several factors will determine the cost of the system, namely your budget, your wind resource and your needs. If you are a wind energy novice, choose a knowledgeable dealer with excellent service. A good dealer will normally evaluate your energy habits and energy efficiency before the issue of your wind-system design is discussed.
Important things to consider:
- If you expect reliability and productivity from your wind system, do not make a mistake of going bargain-hunting with wind energy. A low-cost wind-system usually turns up to be of low productivity, yet very expensive to maintain and repair.
- Consider that you will have to pay one percent (1%) of the cost of your wind system per annum for maintenance. Thus, for a $80,000 wind-system, expect to pay about $800 per year for maintenance.
- Find a company that provides exceptional support and ask in advance whether they will carefully explain the details of the design and installation process. Do not hesitate to call them if you have questions or doubts.
- There are avenues you can take to decrease the cost of your wind system. Check, for example, Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to locate renewable energy incentives in your state or area.