- The building on which the turbine will be installed must be structurally sound enough to support the extra weight and stress.
- The turbine should sit above the roofline and trees. “Trees are very good at absorbing the wind — they’re like wind sponges,” warns Aerotecture International’s Becker.
- Make sure that the place where you plan to attach the turbine gets average wind speeds of at least ten miles per hour.
- Check with your local building officials before you start your blades a-spinnin’ to see if the turbine requires a permit.
- If the company that sold you the turbine doesn’t do installation, ask the company or distributor to recommend a licensed contractor who can set up your system and hook it up to the power grid.
- Many states offer financial incentives or tax breaks for installing renewable energy systems like wind power. Check your local regulations to see if you qualify.
Copyright Environ Press 2007