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While large wind turbine farms remain in the domain of large corporations who can provide the capital costs of land leases, construction, equipment, and ongoing servicing, small wind turbines are now ...

While large wind turbine farms remain in the domain of large corporations who can provide the capital costs of land leases, construction, equipment, and ongoing servicing, small wind turbines are now creeping out of rural installs and into urban / suburban areas. Rather than using towers, wind turbines can be fixtures on buildings, capturing the wind as it gusts though the urban landscape.

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    • While large wind turbine farms remain in thedomain of large corporations who canprovide the capital costs of landleases, construction, equipment, and ongoingservicing, small wind turbines are nowcreeping out of rural installs and into urban /suburban areas.Rather than using towers, wind turbines canbe fixtures on buildings, capturing the wind asit gusts though the urban landscape. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • Many communities are in the process of re-evaluating city ordinances that prohibit theseinstallations. This is taking place in onecommunity at a time currently.Some considerations in favor of allowing smallwind are the potential to pump electricityback into the power grid, as well ashomeowners saving money on electricitycosts. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • Arguments against small wind in urban areasrange from producing an ugly skyline toconcerns about structural support anddamage if a system collapses.Some citizens are starting to fight backagainst initial interpretations of residentialzoning ordinances, taking their concerns todistrict courts for support, since theseordinances often dont mention wind turbinesspecifically. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • Many proponents of urban small wind systemsare getting support from state and nationalwind associations. This industry is expected togrow considerably in the future as concernsabout aging grids and high use demandsgrow.Most installations currently are taking place oncommercial structures, where concerns aboutstructural support are not in play. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • Sauer Energy has developed a vertical axisturbine with a mounting system designed forthe sides of a building, rather than a pole onthe rooftop.Addison, TX has installed ten 8-foot tall windturbines on top of a water tower, whichsupplies enough power to run the tower aswell as street lights along the adjacent roads. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • There is even a classroom at the base of thetower which provides education on windenergy and water distribution.Given the early stage of the small wind sectorand the small-scale of the systemsinvolved, this field is suited to smallerentrepreneurs looking for a way into windpower. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • The ideal worker in this field needs a strongbackground in construction, mechanical orelectric systems.The basics of attachment require knowledgeof building structural components as well assafety, as you will be working from heights inmany cases. A master electricians servicesare required for hook-up and final inspection. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • NABCEP conducted its first small wind installercertification test only two years ago. It doesnot confer a professional license, but helpsconsumers distinguish competency amonginstallers.Currently, the dominant source of training isthrough manufacturers for their specificturbines and is often a requirement for beinga qualified dealer/installer for the company. www.GreenCollarVets.org
    • Another source of training are through stateagencies such as the MN Office of EnergySecurity - Windustry - which partnered in 2011with wind installer experts to create a cuttingedge, state-of-the-art curriculum.The initial 17 instructors who participated arenow using this information to teach incommunity and technical colleges across thestate. www.GreenCollarVets.org
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