The Process of Installing
a Wind Turbine
What to expect when getting a wind turbine
The most important thing to consider before you begin is how much of your electricity do you want to off set? Would it be 30%, 50%, 80%, or even 100% of your electric needs? There are a variety of wind turbines, it's important to find the one to perfectly match your needs!
Another important thing to keep in mind is the noise generated by wind turbines. While this noise generated is unobtrusive, it comes down to the size of the wind turbine. The last aspect to consider is whether a grid tied or off-grid system will work best for you. Don't worry if this sounds difficult, our staff will be by your side to help you answer these questions!
In order to determine the best wind energy system, our trained wind design professionals will need your KW usage for one year to size your wind electric system. Location is another important aspect to consider when sizing a wind electric system. Based on your location information such as wind speed, frequency of the wind and obstructions that may be near by. The designers will also need to do a site analysis so they can determine where best to place your system.
After you have provided the KW usage, and a site analysis has accrued, a quote will be provided on total cost of the system. At this time we will inform you about the system design, installation, performance, operation and maintenance by providing the following; the system’s capacity or size, and the system’s estimated annual energy production. A time line will also be drawn up to determine when the system will be installed.
3 - Interconnection Application - Grid Tied Systems
An interconnection application will need to be submitted to the utility before installation begins. There are three levels of application depending on the size of the system being installed in New Mexico.
- 0KW - 10KW - Simplified Application - Simplified Interconnection Process
- 10KW - 2.0MW - Standard Application - Fast Track Process with or without Supplemental Review
- 2.0MW - 10MW - Standard Application - Full Interconnection Process
4 - Upon Completion of the Project
Upon finishing the installation of your new wind turbines, we'll provide you with a written one year warranty for equipment and labor. Additionally, most wind turbines come with a warranty that lasts for 5 years.
We then provide each customer with written operation and maintenance instructions, including how to conduct simple diagnostic observations and tests to determine if the wind energy system is working properly to produce energy.
Finally you are ready to collect and submit paper work to receive your federal and state tax credits. All tax credits offered by the state and the federal government are found here. We'll help you receive all the proper tax credits, but speaking with a tax professional can be beneficial at this stage.