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Good Day folks,

For many years companies have focused on Large Commercial Turbines and of course certifications & testing of them but very little attention was focussed on the small turbine market. The result was in a sense a sort of Wild West and a number of scams and cheapo's occurred over the years. Fortunately now with some Government Intelligence (there's a rare thing) and industry having had enough proper testing & certification of small turbines is now a reality, which is a good thing for the customer ! and of course the environment and everything else...

For a List of Certified models at this time, look Here:
http://smallwindcertification.org/certified-turbines/
You can also get more info on the Organisation there on the site.

More info here @ Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (Energy.Gov)
Wind Testing and Certification (Large & Small systems.)
https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-testing-and-certification

Hope this helps anyone looking for a credible, certified small turbine to run with their system.
 

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This is so helpful! I live in an area that isn't great for either solar or wind and wanted to get a diverse system going but of course the smaller systems started as just a fad... Going to start at the smallest systems approved and begin my research.

Thanks =D
 

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Please be very aware, that the rated wattages are produced only at high wind speeds. For example, in the first mill listed, the Bergey, it's 20kw rating is achived at ~35 MPH. Unless you routinely have winds you have trouble keeping your hat on, you'll never see anything close to the rated output.
 

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This is so helpful! I live in an area that isn't great for either solar or wind and wanted to get a diverse system going but of course the smaller systems started as just a fad... Going to start at the smallest systems approved and begin my research.

Thanks =D
I admire your desire to get started but a word to ponder upon... a Turbine can be expensive, Bergey's for example are not cheap nor are the extras. To that end, I would highly suggest getting a Weather Station which also reads out air speeds etc... Set it up where you believe you'll get the best winds and watch to see if indeed you do.

The 7 Best Home Weather Stations of 2019
REF: https://www.lifewire.com/best-home-weather-stations-4140476
 

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If you need power in a remote area it is worth considering a small wind turbine. If you care anything for the environment you will use electricity generated by natural gas. Wind turbines are a net loss for the environment.
 

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Wow where did that come from?
His comment would seem to be relevant to a thread on generating energy from wind.
But I would like to see some links proving the net loss point.
I’ve done some things for power in very remote areas that were probably not exactly energy-efficient but did supply power where I needed it .
Think along the lines of running a helicopter to power a wind generator to charge a satellite phone ....
Efficiency isn’t always the biggest consideration .
 
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