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Small-Scale Wind Power by Brian Plourde, John P. Abraham

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Chapter 2

Financial and Implementation Considerations of Small-Scale Wind Turbines

B.D. Plourde, E.D. Taylor, P.O. Okaka, and J.P. Abraham

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of the financial considerations that must be given to small-scale wind turbine systems. First, an introduction to the economic issues that govern the viability of wind systems is given. Performance characteristics of the turbines that govern profitability are elucidated and engineering performance metrics are shown. A description of the major costs of wind turbines is provided with a particular focus on those items that are most critical for small-scale systems.

Another major portion of the chapter deals with financial metrics that are used to measure and predict ...

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