Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I picked up a brochure for this forum at the Sustainability Fair Tuesday night. We had a great turnout at the fair and we really enjoyed speaking with everyone regarding the future of renewable energy. I hope to contribute to this forum when the opportunity arises. If anyone has questions regarding renewable energy, just ask and I'll try to answer them to the best of my knowledge.
Walter Big Sky Solar and Wind
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that." - Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
With the information you gave, I would not recommend a wind system. With current wind technology start up speeds are high. Most wind generators don't start producing energy until wind speeds hit 8mph. Average wind speeds of 12mph are recommended to make this resource economically viable.
Have you considered solar? Any chance of a creek near by for hydro potential?
Thanks for the question! Walter Big Sky Solar and Wind
Joined: Apr 16, 2010
Location: Near Butte MT
suppose solar could be sone - hows the cost on that going nowadays?
nope sadly no water source
Joined: Mar 24, 2010
Well, pricing of solar has really come down over the past few years. For on-grid applications we are installing systems for $6-7 a watt. Off-grid systems $10-12 a watt is the norm.
It sounds like you have good solar potential up on a ridge. If you would like, send me your address or coordinates to email@example.com. I can do a preliminary site assessment via google earth. I can provide you with exactly how much production your site is capable of. Once that is determined we can size a system for you.
I also noticed that solar panels prices are going down after US announces their upcoming projects for raising job opportunities. I will suggest you to take a look at their reviews before buying any solar panel and don’t forget to buy inverter and controller.