small wind electric system installing and maintaining
With proper installation and maintenance, a small wind electric system should
last up to 20 years or longer.
Before installing your system, you first need to do the following:
The manufacturer/dealer should be able to help you install your small wind
electric system. Many people elect to install the systems themselves.
Before attempting to install your wind turbine, ask yourself the following
If you answered no to any of the above questions, you should probably choose
to have your system installed by a system integrator or installer.
- Can I pour a proper cement foundation?
- Do I have access to a lift or a way of erecting the tower safely?
- Do I know the difference between alternating current (AC) and direct
current (DC) wiring?
- Do I know enough about electricity to safely wire my turbine?
- Do I know how to safely handle and install batteries?
Contact the manufacturer for help, or contact your state energy office and
local utility for a list of local system installers. You can also check
the yellow pages for wind energy system service providers.
A credible installer may provide additional services such as permitting.
Find out if the installer is a licensed electrician, and ask for references
and check them.
Although small wind turbines typically are sturdy and reliable machines,
they do require some annual maintenance.
If you do not have the expertise to maintain the system, your installer
may provide a service and maintenance program.
- Check and tighten bolts and electrical connections as necessary.
- Check machines for corrosion and the guy wires for proper tension.
- Check for and replace any worn leading edge tape on the turbine blades,
- Replace the turbine blades and/or bearings after 10 years if needed.