Project Ideas

Small Wind Energy Systems

  • Small wind turbines have capacity ratings from 1 to 100 kilowatts.
  • A typical small wind system consists of the turbine and blades mounted on top of a lattice or monopole tower, as well as electronic components like inverters to condition the power for use on the farm or in your business or school.
  • A small wind electric system can provide you with a practical and economical source of electricity if your property has a good wind resource and your farm or business has enough acreage (one acre or more) to host a wind energy system.
  • Small wind has niche applications for farms, schools, and organizations in rural Minnesota. You might also consider solar if you don't have a good wind resource and want to produce renewable energy with fewer moving parts.

Small Wind Guidebook

This guide from the Department of Energy helps homeowners, ranchers, and small business owners decide if wind energy will work for them.


Small Wind Factsheet
CBED Factsheet