Is a small wind turbine suitable for you and your property?
If the ballpark cost is affordable for your situation, you’ll now need to go through the steps below to determine if there are any “showstoppers” that might prevent you from installing a turbine in your area. For each step, refer to the link at right to learn more about the issue. It is important to consider these questions before proceeding with the detailed planning process in Stage 3.
Step 1: Zoning
Are you allowed to put up a small wind turbine on your property?
In some cases, installation of small wind turbines is not allowed due to legal restrictions relating to zoning. Before proceeding, make sure that you are legally allowed to erect a small wind turbine on your property. (For more information, see Legal & Regulatory Issues)
Step 2: Finding an appropriate site and consulting the neighbours
Is your property suitable for putting up a turbine free of obstructions?
Small wind turbines should only be installed in a location far from dwellings, and clear of any major obstructions. (For more information, see Your Turbine Site)
Will your neighbours accept having a wind turbine near them? Your neighbours may not be familiar or comfortable with the idea of having a small wind turbine installed in their vicinity. Make sure to consult with them to ensure that they understand what you are doing, and that they would not be opposed to a small wind turbine installation. (For more information, see Social, Environmental, and Other Considerations)
Step 3: Connecting to the grid (if applicable)
If you need to connect your turbine to the grid, are you allowed and able to?
In some regions of Canada, you are allowed to connect a small wind turbine to the main electricity grid. If you want to connect, you need to ensure that your utility allows “net metering” (For more information, see On- or Off-Grid?)
After considering the above crucial issues, are you still interested in purchasing and installing a small wind turbine?
Yes! Take me to Stage 3 for the remainder of the planning process!
No, Small wind isn’t for me right now (back to Small Wind homepage)