In part one of this blog post we talked about all the benefits that wind energy can provide, including virtually eliminating your total energy bills. Many large corporations have decided that wind energy is a great investment and have built large-scale wind farms to generate electricity.
Small businesses can also take advantage of this type of renewable energy, but there are some important things to understand for those companies that don’t have the same financial resources as Google or IKEA. If you’re thinking about wind power for your business, here are some of the drawbacks and other considerations to help you make a final decision.
Potential Drawbacks of a Wind Turbine
While wind power is more affordable and easier to get than ever before, there are still some reasons it might not be quite right for your business. If you plan to build your own wind turbines, they require land in an area with regular, sustained wind speeds powerful enough to generate energy for your building or business. It’s important to calculate your local “wind performance” score to determine whether you can get enough in your area to produce adequate power.
Some may consider them an “eyesore” (not everyone is excited about having a 150-foot turbine on or near their property), which can open you up to legal challenges or disputes from nearby residents or businesses that don’t want large wind turbines constructed near their property. There could also be zoning regulations that prevent the construction of a wind turbine.
The up-front cost of these turbines can be high, especially for a small business, but there are tax benefits and tax incentives at the state and federal level that can help alleviate some of those costs. It’s important to check what benefits are available before you decide whether or not you want to build your wind turbine because the incentives vary by state and local area.
Most wind turbines are built to last 30 to 50 years, but they may require some maintenance, so it’s important that you budget for those things as needed. You may be able to get some of the costs for regular, scheduled maintenance included from the wind turbine manufacturer as long as it’s within a certain window of time and they wind turbines aren’t subjected to wear and tear outside of what would normally occur.
Our experienced team at Intermountain Wind and Solar can help you decide if wind energy is the right choice for you. We have years of experience working with companies and individuals on renewable energy, and can help you understand all the benefits, costs, tax incentives, and more for your business in the intermountain region of Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Oregon. Contact us today to learn more about wind energy and how we can help.
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