Wind turbine dealers are salesmen

They need to make a living like the rest of us. Know their motivations to distinguish between credible and biased advice before accepting advice from them. We value independent advice with no hidden agenda or strings attached. If you are unsure, just ask and we will be happy to provide advice.

Things to think about before deciding to buy a wind turbine

Why would a wind turbine dealer’s or salesman’s advice be biased?

  1. If they make a living selling or maintaining wind turbines, the more turbines they sell, the more they earn.
  2. Only a small fraction of people interested in wind energy have good to excellent wind conditions for a wind turbine. This means average wind speeds in excess of 7m/s all year round. Coastal locations and large open territories serve as examples.
  3. Most locations where people live have marginal winds as most of us look for pleasant places to live and locations with high wind all year round are usually not that pleasant. Most market potential for residential wind turbines lies in these marginal wind locations as this covers most of the population.
  4. Salesmen will sell turbines to a marginal wind location to survive.
  5. Selling wind turbines to people with low wind is not in their interest as it creates a bad reputation for them and wind energy.

To summarise:

  1. If you have very low wind speeds, expect to get good advice.
  2. If you have high wind speeds expect to get good advice.
    If you have marginal wind conditions (3-6m/s average), Watch out! Do your homework and perform a wind study before buying a wind turbine generator. It takes about one year to do a proper wind study. Anything shorter is usually a scam to get to the buy too quickly. It is an investment for 10-20 years and electricity costs will always rise so do your homework properly to make sure your investment pays for itself. Don’t become a charity and end up financing your salesman’s pleasure boat.

What are our motivations:

  1. Here at Wind 101 we are motivated by giving advice and selling weather stations, anemometers and other weather sensors.
  2. If you decide to measure, we can help you. If you are unsure whether to measure, just ask, and we can guide you toward a most cost effective solution.
  3. We pride ourselves on having repeat customers and we know if we help you save money and avoid costly mistakes, there is a good chance you will come back to us for sensor equipment in the future.
  4. If you have questions, please contact us.