Energy Options has over 30 years of experience selling and installing small and medium sized wind turbines.
Residential and small commercial wind turbines (400 watt to 50 kilowatt) are the most cost effective renewable energy source in windy areas. In California, the California Energy Commission offers cash incentives for qualifying turbines.On December 14, 2007 the congress passed a farm bill that included a $4,000 tax credit for rural wind turbines up to 10 kW. It is expect to become law before the summer of 2008.
Depending on the county, permitting cost to install a turbine can range between $500 and $8,000, LA County being the most expensive while other counties like Kern and San Bernardino counties are much less expensive.
The BWC EXCEL is a modern 23 ft diameter, 10,000 watt wind turbine designed for high reliability, low maintenance, and automatic operation in adverse weather conditions. It is available in two configurations: battery charging and grid-connected. The electronics are on the ground. These turbines are well suited for large rural homes, remote villages and facilities, eco-tourism resorts, and larger telecommunications sites. This model is by far the most common small wind turbine in California.
The XL.1 is an up-wind, horizontal-axis, three- bladed turbine and combines a number of advanced technical features at an affordable cost. The blades are protruded fiberglass, a material that is over ten times stronger than the injection-molded plastic used on most small wind turbines. The XL.1 includes the BWC Power-Center controller which controls battery charging, has a low-end boost for superior low wind speed performance, “slow-mode” rotor idling when the batteries are full, an electrical braking system, and even includes a 30 amp controller for solar modules that are often a part of a hybrid system.
The Skystream 3.7(TM) is a new generation residential wind generator that hooks up to your home to reduce or eliminate your monthly electrical bill. It’s the first wind turbine with electronic controls and inverter built into the turbine, located at the top of the tower. It is the first turbine to have the same UL listing as a small appliance, such as a microwave oven. It is designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds. This makes Skystream 3.7 (1.8 kW) ideal for residential homes and small businesses.
Energy Options also offers 30 – 50kW refurbished turbines from Aeroman, Nortank, Jacobs and others. They are ideal for larger energy users agricultural and other business installations. For a comparison of turbine cost and performances in a residential or commercial application see charts below: