Wind Energy Guide Offered To Colorado Rural Landowners

Ag producers can benefit from tips in free publication.

Published on: Dec 10, 2012

As wind turbines become increasingly popular with farmers and ranchers as methods of capturing energy for their own use, as well as sell power to local utility firms to add to their income, Colorado is trying to help with a new publication free to use.

The new resource created for Colorado ag producers and rural landowner attempts to eliminate the guess work for wind turbine owners as they begin their effort to harness the wind.

The resource video and booklet, entitled "Colorado Wind Energy Installation Guide and Rural Applications," explains how to evaluate a site for wind energy potential, and avoid the costly mistake of locating in an area with little income potential, and how to pick the correct type of turbine for your needs.

Electrical engineer Steve Wagner, right, and agricultural economist Dave Archer plot new wind turbines to provide energy to run area university facilities.
Electrical engineer Steve Wagner, right, and agricultural economist Dave Archer plot new wind turbines to provide energy to run area university facilities.

Tower combinations are also discussed in the Colorado Department of Agriculture publication, as are the many details on installing and commissioning a new tower system in the state.

Partially funded by CDA's Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy program, the guide is a basic "how to" resource to help farmers and ranchers, as well as other rural landowners, wade through the process of identifying and installing the most cost-effective system they can find to fit their operation.

The information begins with the most critical of decisions: how to determine the average wind speed at any particular site for the planned turbine unit.

The booklet and video cover the three phases of wind projects: economic feasibility determination, pre-installation preparation; installation and commissioning of the new wind generator.

Aspects such as site preparation, soil testing, foundation engineering, grid interconnection and permitting are also probed in the publication and video.

The video and booklet may be viewed online at www.colorado.gov/ag/energy, by clicking on "Delta Wind Energy."

A hard copy of the booklet can be obtained from local conservation district offices or by contacting Brink, Inc., a subsidiary of Delta Wind Energy , at (720) 887-9944.