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Small Wind Generators for South Dakotans

South Dakotans who want to install a small wind system to provide power to their home or other facility should consider these points:

Need – Determine the practicality of having a wind system. It may be worth investigating if your property has a good wind resource, is located on at least one acre of land, if your local zoning codes or covenants allow wind turbines, if your average electricity bills are $150 per month or more, and if you are comfortable with long-term investments.

Cost – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average installed price for small wind systems (up to 100 kW) in 2015 was $5,760 per kilowatt. The actual installed price will vary depending on the size and location of the turbine. Other facts affecting cost can include maintenance, connection, payment to a utility provider for when the wind doesn't blow and insurance, among others.

Wind for Schools program
In 2008, the PUC and the National Renewable Energy Lab announced the selection of eight schools to participate in the Wind for Schools program with support from local utilities. Since then, additional schools have joined the program and these 14 South Dakota schools boast a small wind turbine on their campuses: Brookings, Dakota Valley in North Sioux City, Douglas in Box Elder, Elkton, Faith, Lake Andes, Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls, Miller, Mitchell Technical Institute, Sanborn Central in Forestburg, Selby, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, Wessington Springs and Yankton. See details on the U.S. Department of Energy’s WindExchange site.


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