- WIND: We optimized performance of our Polaris Wind Turbines for low wind speeds so that you can begin making power at wind speeds as low as 2.7 meters per second (6 mph). The turbine will continue to make power at increasing levels as the wind increases, but will automatically shut down when wind speeds get too high-25 meters per second (55.9 mph). Unobstructed areas make for better quality wind sites.
- SPACE:Depending on site conditions, a Polaris Wind Turbine installation needs vary from model to model. The site must be accessible by crane. An electrical transmission infrastructure, if not already in existence, will need to be developed by your installer.
- NREL: (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) has done extensive wind studies across the United States.
- AWS: Truewind has also done extensive work mapping wind resources domestically and internationally.
- 3 Tier
You can also install and collect data from an anemometer to determine your wind resource. Some customers choose to install one for 3 months and then project the annual wind resource from that. Others choose to leave an anemometer up for a full year. Please note that an anemometer installed even for a full year will only measure the actual wind resource for that one year. Projecting a long-term wind resource from any data set requires specialized statistical analysis. For this reason, we have determined that enough tools exist for us to help you determine your wind resource for a Polaris Wind Turbine project without the added time and expense of an anemometer study.
- COST OF ENERGY: Our model allows us to input an average cost per kilowatt-hour. You can get this information from your utility bills.
- WIND RESOURCE: The amount of power you can make and your potential payback is a function of how much wind you have at your site. We can either help you estimate this data or you can visit some of the websites mentioned previously in “How Can I Determine My Wind Resource.”
- INCENTIVES: There are a growing number of federal and state incentives. We can help you determine what some incentives are in your region or you can visit http://www.dsireusa.org/, to find out more about what’s available in the US.
We will use your input to provide you with a basic payback scenario. We would also be glad to refer you to consulting companies that we partner with who can help you identify the factors above as well as offer more information on the impact of low interest loans, grants, tax credits and installation variables.
- Right Amount of Power: For many community applications such as schools and businesses, one Polaris Wind Turbine or a cluster of two or three meets all their energy needs
- Right Design: The low-height profile, elegant design and quiet operation make the Polaris Wind Turbine is an ideal choice for any community landscape.
- Right Technology: With over 132 years in the OEM business, Polaris America, LLC engineers designed our turbine for ultimate reliability, so that you don’t have to be in the utility business to reap all the benefits of wind power.
- Wind speed
- Utility rate
- Annual energy usage
- Available incentives
If you have trouble locating this information, we will help you through the steps so that you can begin the 2 to 6-month process, from planning to purchasing to installing your turbine and seeing the blades spin. We look forward to connecting you with our partners in the industry to make sure that you’re planning and construction processes are as smooth and efficient as possible.