Wind Energy Basics

Wind Energy and Wind Power

Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth’s surface, and rotation of the earth. Wind flow patterns are modified by the earth’s terrain, bodies of water, and vegetative cover. This wind flow, or motion energy, when “harvested” by modern wind turbines, can be used to generate electricity.

How Wind Power Is Generated

The terms “wind energy” or “wind power” describe the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity to power homes, businesses, schools, and the like.

Wind Energy Resources

GEO Wind Energy Fact Sheet

Steps to Pursuing a Wind Turbine Installation

Public Wind Database – Ohio Wind Monitoring Reports & Data Sets Available!

NREL 2007 Ohio Wind Resource Analysis

DSIRE: “The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency” is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives.  Review the new Federal ‘Business Energy Tax Credit’ and ‘Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit’ that was included as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of October 2008.

List of Ohio Renewable Energy Installers