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Small Scale Wind

Category: Alternative Supply Systems, Energy Supply

Small-scale wind, usually found on-site, utilizes turbines to capture wind energy on campus. Turbine heights and rotor sizes are considerably smaller than utility-scale projects.

Benefits

  • Visible commitment to sustainability
  • Can provide opportunities for student learning and engagement

Challenges

  • Difficult to scale up to a meaningful energy contribution
  • Campus buildings and trees cause turbulence making wind energy production less efficient

Impacts

  • GHG Impact

    Miniscule

    Limited mitigation due to lack of scalability.

  • Economic Impact

    Small Net Cost

  • Feasibility

    Some Challenges

    The technology exists.

  • Timeline

    < 1 year

    System design, integration and financing are often time-consuming but not unreasonable.

  • Maintenance

    Moderate

    Wind turbines have many moving parts which are subject to routine maintenance checks. 

  • Publicity

    That's really cool

    Campus visitors will see the visible commitment to campus sustainability.