Wind power

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Recently small wind systems have increased in popularity. Interestingly, hybrid solar/wind systems often provide the lowest total cost per KWH. See Detronics wind solar energy comparison.

It should be noted that small wind implementations are highly dependent on local wind conditions.

At this point each state government has its own wind map. The above windmap of Melbourne is taken from Sustainability Victoria - (unfortunately requires IE6 or later)

To determine site suitability it is best to measure wind with an anemometer. I note the simple rule of placing turbines 10 meters higher than anything within a 30 meters.

Small Wind Solutions (incomplete list)

New Ideas

PesWiki- New Ideas in Wind Turbines

External Links

International Windmaps American Wind Energy Association American Windmap - haven't found anything like yet for Australia. Australian Windmap

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