Energy Conservation - Wind Generators
Wind is a great way to produce electricity and pump water from wells—if you have the wind. Windmills are best located along coastlines, on hills, or in other areas where higher winds are more commonly found. You can find wind maps at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the California Energy Commission, and this interactive Energy Atlas. A site-specific assessment is usually necessary. A good wind speed is 16 mph but many wind generators will produce some power with as little as 7 mph. Check with your local zoning for height constraints. For more information about wind energy, visit the America Wind Energy Association's website. Wind generators also qualify for the Calif. Energy Commission's Emerging Renewables Program.