The criteria necessary to commission an efficient wind system requires a significant amount of vacant land upon which to erect a wind tower, and the terrain which is conducive to generating sufficient wind flow. Rule of thumb is that you want to have no major obstacles to your south west direction and your wind turbine must be erected at least 30 feet higher than any object within 500 feet of that direction. Average wind speeds in Ontario are 4.5 Meters per second or 10 mph - a Class 1 wind. There is no value in capturing wind below 6 mph as the energy that can be extracted is nominal. Most wind turbines on the market today don't even have a rated output below 6mph. If you live on the edge of a major body of water or on the top of a hill then you are most likely a good candidate for a Wind Turbine.
For more information on Wind Power please visit
the Canadian Wind Energy Association Website CANWEA
or the American Wind Energy Association Website AWEA.
Turbine Pricing (Click each item for more info)
|Description||Ave. Annual KWHrs @12mph 5.2 mps||Annual Hydro Savings||Ave. Annual KWHrs @14mph 6.3mps||Annual Hydro Savings||ROI||Price|
|AeroMax Lakota 1KW||1,900||~ $ 190||2,700||~ $ 270||10||$ 2,695|
|AeroMax OB1 2.5KW||not yet rated||$||not yet rated||$||?||$|
|Proven WT 2500 2.5KW||4,300||~ $ 430||6,500||~ $ 650||13||$ 8,495|
|Southwest Whisper 175 3KW||6,000||~ $ 600||7,000||~ $ 700||16||$ 10,995|
|1,000||~ $ 100||1,600||~ $ 160||41||$ 6,495|
|Algatec Cyclone 5000 5KW||2,300||~ $ 230||3,600||~ $ 360||24||$ 8,495|
|Proven WT6000 6KW||12,000||~ $ 1,200||15,000||~ $ 1,500||12||$ 17,750|
|Bergey Excel-R 10KW||12,000||~ $ 1,200||17,520||~ $ 1,750||18||$ 31,975|