From creating thousands of new manufacturing jobs to being a clean and renewable energy source, wind energy has been the energy industry’s darling for more than a decade. Here are some interesting facts from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Wind power in the U.S. is…
- Generating electricity with zero emissions, pollution and water use
- One of the fastest-growing sources of new electricity supply
- The largest source of new renewable power generation added since 2000
- The employer of 73,000 people in more than 500 manufacturing facilities
- The generator of enough electricity in 2014 to power the equivalent of 16.7 million homes
Blow Off Your Power Bill
Consider this: according to the AWEA, a small wind turbine could generate enough energy to cover the electricity costs of the typical American home. It’s true that a small wind turbine isn’t cheap – you’re looking at least $4,000, but you can fully recover the cost in as little as six years. The U.S. government also gives a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit for fully certified wind turbines. If you’re thinking of buying one for your house, here’s the list of certified small wind turbines.
As appealing as never having to pay your power bill again sounds, wind energy is, unfortunately, not for everyone. There are some basic requirements:
- You live in an area that has adequate source of wind
- You live on at least one acre of land
- Your area is zoned to allow wind turbines
- Your electricity bill is $150/month or more on average
If you’re still interested, learn everything there is to know about small wind electric systems in this consumer’s guide from the U.S. Department of Energy. And you can still support wind energy by joining the AWEA’s community of advocates.