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Commercial-Scale Wind Power

Posted on April 26,2015 by AlexWilson in wind

Last week I wrote about the challenges of small wind turbines and the difficulty of successfully integrating wind power into buildings. This week, I’ll look at larger-scale commercial wind power developments.

Wind Power: Why it Doesn’t Make Sense Everywhere

Posted on April 26,2015 by AlexWilson in building-integrated wind

At least in our neck of the woods, wind power is very much in the news these days. The Vermont legislature is debating whether to institute a three-year moratorium on what detractors refer to as “industrial wind power,” and debate is raging in the nearby towns of Windham and Grafton, Vermont about a potential wind farm. I figured I should weigh in.

Is the Green Movement Just Spinning Its Wheels?

Posted on April 26,2015 by ScottG in climate change

For GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, it all started with a column in The New York Times provocatively titled “Going Green But Getting Nowhere.” The author, Gernot Wagner, contends that individuals can make no meaningful impact on reducing carbon emissions and staving off global climate change. Even if each of the 1 billion Catholics on Earth decreased their emissions to zero overnight, Wagner writes, “the planet would surely notice but pollution would still be rising.”

Utility Wind Energy: Bad News for Bears

Posted on April 26,2015 by Tristan Roberts in wind

Author's Note: Please see the comment thread at the bottom of this article for more discussion on the width of the ridgeline road. Since posting this article I learned of other permitting documents indicating a much narrower road than discussed in this article. One of my favorite pieces of Vermont trivia has been that the tallest man-made structure in the state is the Bennington Battle Monument, at 306 feet tall — and construction of it was completed in 1889.

Home Wind Power

Posted on April 26,2015 by AlexWilson in Wind Energy Equipment

For several weeks now, I’ve addressed tax credits for home energy improvements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a 30% tax credit for a wide range of energy measures, including efficiency retrofits, better heating and cooling equipment, and renewable energy systems, including solar water heating and photovoltaics, which I discussed last week.

New York Utility Offers Residential Wind Incentives

Posted on April 26,2015 by user-756436 in Green Building News

Utility Will Pay Up to 60% of the Installed Cost of a Backyard Wind System

UNIONDALE, NY — A New York electric utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is offering generous incentives to homeowners who install backyard wind turbines. LIPA will pay the lesser of either 60% of the total installed cost of a wind turbine or $3.50 per kWh for the first 16,000 kWh of electricity produced ($56,000).

Consider a wind turbine to generate electricity

Posted on April 26,2015 by Peterbilt in New construction

**Under the right conditions, a turbine is more economical than solar panels.** Residential turbines need average wind speeds of about 10 mph before they become feasible economically. But under the right conditions, a turbine will produce electricity at a lower cost than photovoltaic panels. Wind conditions are highly variable, even in the same region, and it's usually prudent to measure wind speeds over an extended period before making the investment.

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