DEAR NEW FARM:
I have very little knowledge of wind generators and am trying
to decide if this technology is for me. I have a very high
hill on my farm that I think would be a good site for a generator.
Any advice would be appreciated.
A little more than a year ago, we wrote a comprehensive series
about on-farm wind power based on a workshop given by Nick
Sagrillo at the 2004 Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference
in La Crosse, Wisconsin. (Nick has done a good bit of consulting
in your area.) The series includes information on site selection,
discusses different types of equipment and their relative
cost and best application, and delves into other issues such
as rural zoning and ethical considerations:
I: Generating electricity is a breeze…
II: Wind in the silos
III: Farming the wind
This seems a good time to remind readers how easy it is to
search our archives by topic. Just look for the “Google”
icon on our homepage, type your query into the search window,
and Google will do a dedicated search of our site. “Wind”
brings up all the stories in the aforementioned series, plus
other wind and wind-power related topics we have covered (including
an essay entitled The
down side of commercial wind power that David Van Tassel
originally wrote for the Prairie Writers Circle).
Good luck making your decision,
us with comments, suggestions and questions.