How to Choose A Wind Turbine Based on Your electricity Bill ?
For Example, If your monthly electricity consumption is 288 kwh, you will need a wind turbine that has about 1kw power output (288/30/24/0.4 = 1kw).
We assume the Capacity Factor is 0.4 in the calculation.
Note: Air conditioner, dryer, washer, fridge, ceiling fans, water pump, microwave ovens or other appliances with inductive motors will require more power to start. If you use off-grid wind turbines, you must choose a wind turbine that has at least 3 times the power output calculated using above formula. (you need at least 3kw using above exmple).
How to estimate the Capacity Factor (CF) based on the power curve ?
Estimated CF at your wind turbine site = power output (w) at average wind speed at your wind turbine site/power output (w) at rated wind speed.
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We recommend a very informative reading about small wind power turbines and small wind generators powered by wind, It is helpful for homes, ranches, and small businesses to decide if wind energy will work for them. The guides answer questions such as: Is wind energy practical for me? What size wind turbine do I need? What are the basic parts of a small wind powered turbines ? What do wind turbines cost? Where can I find wind turbine installation and maintenance support? How much electricity will wind turbine system generate? Is there enough wind on my site? How do I choose the best site for my wind turbine? Can I connect my wind turbine system to the utility grid? Can I go off grid?