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Natural Resources Canada
Electricity Resources Branch
Renewable and Electrical Energy Division


CETC Number ISBN 0-662-37706-0 / 2003-01-01

This buyer’s guide to stand-alone wind energy systems will help you decide if wind energy is a viable option for you. The guide will:

  • give you some very basic theory on how wind energy works
  • give you pointers to determine how much power you need
  • help you do a rough assessment of whether wind energy will fill those power needs
  • introduce you to some of the components of a wind energy system
  • outline how to determine if wind energy makes economic sense for your circumstances
  • give you some practical examples of wind energy systems

This guide is not intended to be a “how-to” install a wind energy system. Nor does it provide you with enough information to fully evaluate whether wind energy is right for your circumstances. These systems are complicated, and require some expertise to set up and maintain properly. A qualified person will be required to determine the feasibility of the system, its design and its set up.

Before you make any buying decision, consult your local utility and government agencies to ensure that your proposed installation meets the required electrical codes, building regulations and site regulations.