Steve McMahon, VP of Sales and Marketing at Orenda, has an article published in Farmers Guardian where he gives solid advice to farmers interested in wind energy projects.
Here are Steve’s top tips:
When considering embarking on a wind turbine project:
- Firstly, be clear as to the motivation for the project – whether this is purely an investment, part of a programme to reduce carbon footprint, for long-term electricity supply pricing or a mix of all the above – this will help drive the size of the wind turbine and the financial returns one requires
- Get a good handle on what the wind resource is on your farm, and a macro picture can be established fairly easily using a database. Micro-siting is critical to ensure the turbine has an unrestricted access to the prevailing wind and without obstacles close to the turbine likely to cause material levels of turbulence
- Find a good installing dealer to work with as a partner. There are many, so get references from them and talk directly to their previous customers
- Finally, be patient – installing a wind turbine is a major project and will take significant time from start to finish, but done properly is well worth the wait
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