Thumbs up for Wind
We’ve cleared the first hurdle. We have ideal wind conditions for powering a new home to be built in Madison County. Next hurdle, we’re going before the Madison Planning Commission tomorrow night seeking a special use permit for a wind turbine and erection of a 100 foot tower on the property. We’re blazing a trail for all Madison residents to explore this natural energy alternative if their wind conditions suit.
Master turbine installer, Jeremy Hayes of Skyline Turbine, concluded a three-month, anemometer recording that confirmed the subject property generated suitable wind speed, pressure and direction. Despite the current wind maps (measured in meters per second or m/s) for that area showing marginal conditions, Jeremy’s data reported an average speed of 12.2 MPH, above what’s typical for that part of Madison and enough to serve as a wind power resource.
We’re excited, crossed our fingers and toes during testing because the wind energy potential seemed iffy to start despite blustery conditions at the site. Jeremy taught us about the “right kind of wind” (just because it’s windy doesn’t mean you can generate power).