Is wind energy a viable option for your home or business to lower reliance on the grid supplied electricity? In this module, learn how to gauge your the wind resource where you live and calculate the likely annual electricity production.
Link to all of the Northeast Farm Energy IQ Curriculum, developed by Extension specialists from Penn State, Rutgers and University of Vermont.
This is part of the On Farm Energy Production Curriculum Series:
This module includes:
- Wind – Module Overview.pdf – instructions for presentations to Ag Service Providers (ASP) and Farmers
- Wind – ASP Presentation.pdf
- Wind – ASP Presentation Outline.pdf
- Wind – ASP Handouts.pdf
- Video of ASP presentation: Wind Energy – Gary Musgrave; by Rutgers CPE Media Productions
Educational Materials for educators, service providers, and farmers:
- Wind Fact Sheet PSU.pdf
- Case Studies
- Small Wind Financial Calculator for Minnesota Net Metering Situations – Windustry and Dan Turner. Windustry’s Wind Resource Library, accessed March 11, 2015. Spreadsheet allowing a user to input values and estimate project costs. The tool provides estimates using a Bergey, Jacobs, or Endurance model of turbine.
- 3.5kW_Spec_Sheet.pdf – 3.5 kW Wind Turbine System Specification Sheet. Raum Energy
- pa_30m.pdf – Pennsylvania Annual Average Wind Speed at 30m – Wind Maps, NREL, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- pa-80m.pdf – Pennsylvania Annual Average Wind Speed at 80m – Wind Maps, NREL, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Module Author: Ed Johnstonbaugh provides extension programs for Penn State in renewables and “smart energy buying and use”, including an energy credit co-op and other energy programs. He has over 25 years of experience with utility companies in the energy industry.
If you wish to adapt these curriculum materials for your own educational purposes, please contact the Module Author for permission and files: