Small Scale Wind
Category: Energy Source
Small-scale wind, usually found on-site, utilizes turbines to capture the kinetic energy of wind on campus. That kinetic energy is converted into mechanical power that runs a generator, producing renewable energy. Turbine heights and rotor sizes are considerably smaller than utility-scale projects. Small wind turbines can generate between 20 Watts and 100 kilowatts.
Small-scale wind installation is best suited for locations with mostly flat terrain and few vertical obstacles. Your local zoning codes will need to allow the turbines. You should start your project by researching zoning and permitting laws for your area and establishing an energy budget.
Benefits of Small-Scale Wind
- Visible commitment to sustainability
- Can provide opportunities for student learning and engagement
- Difficult to scale up to a meaningful energy contribution
- Campus buildings and trees cause turbulence making wind energy production less efficient
- Communities sometimes push back against wind installation
Limited mitigation due to lack of scalability.
Small Net Cost
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The technology exists.
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System design, integration and financing are often time-consuming but not unreasonable.
Wind turbines have many moving parts which are subject to routine maintenance checks.
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Campus visitors will see the visible commitment to campus sustainability.