We Finally had some good fall winds in November. After a lackluster October, November filled in nicely. Appears to have been an average November but far better than last year. All turbines did well this month, though there was no report for two machines so they are showing zero for the time being. December started off slow but seems to be making up for lost time so I am looking forward to the year end report.
Comparing October 2011 & 2012 to 2013 it is clear that this year we had little wind in October. That said, all machines are running nicely and ready for a cranking November. Halloween brought some nice warm wind and it looks like the next couple of days will bring some strong winds to generate some juice as well.
I loved going to the pumpkin festival at Morning Glory and seeing hundreds and hundreds of people milling about, listening to music, eating, dancing and having a great time, all the while e11 spun along in the background doing what she does best, keeping it green!
While May wasn’t really a great month for wind , we still outpaced May 2012. The background photo for the monthly comparison chart is of the Snider’s Eoltec Scirocco being raised at its new home on the Bristol Community College campus. It will be used as an educational tool for their new renewable energy program. Stay tuned for the June report which is going to be a nice change of pace. My guess is that June 2013 will be a record setter for energy production in what is usually a fairly quiet month.
Out like a lion? December was a good month for wind energy on MV and we finally had a month that wasn’t well below average wind speed. We had better wind than last december but not quite as good as 2009 and 2010.
Allen Farm finished its first full year producing well beyond expectations with a total of 132,577 kW hours of Juice! 132 Megawatt hours!
Morning Glory is at 222,268 total and made 85,763kWh in 2012. While it pales in comparison it shines considering the surrounding trees and still beat our predicted output on a very low wind year.
I will say the same for all the other machines as well. We may be small but together we have generated a lot of clean energy, advanced the clean energy cause and continue to help a couple small wind manufacturers improve their products. It feels like we are taking baby steps sometimes but at least it is forward progress.
Notice the background photo for the Comparison Chart! Thats the Allerton Farm after a new year snowfall. The shot was taken by their nephew Sam Green. Gorgeous!
Check this site out! This is a great way to find out if you have a good site for a wind turbine and if you do then you can take it to the next step and find out just how much a turbine could produce on your property.
March 2012 proved to be a little quiet, wind wise, compared with last year anyway. One bright note is the Fielders new S343 in West Tisbury which was outpaced this month only by Emily’s s250 up on “The North Slope”. That of course excludes the two E series turbines which are both doing very well . The Allen Farm machine continues to produce remarkable amounts of energy.
Are you ready for this? … As a group we have generated enough electricity to date to drive about a million miles in an all electric Nissan Leaf. There IS hope for the future!
This recently installed Endurance S343 5 kW wind turbine will generate electricity for this new home’s ground source heat pump as well as all the typical domestic electric use. The home and turbine are located in West Tisbury MA on Martha’s Vineyard.
The turbine runs quiet and smooth sited well above the tree line on a 105′ tilt up tower. Look for it to the West as you drive down Old County Road
The Allen Farm and Fielder turbines both hit the chart this month. Fielders S343 started off nicely with a partial month and the Allen Farm E3120 saw its first full month. The 50% more that it generated in January is a testament to a good wind site. 17,973 kWh is a new record for a turbine on MV. The elevation of the hill with great exposure and few trees or buildings to disturb or slow down the wind make a significant impact on generation.
How can it make that much difference? Remember that the power available in the wind is a function of the cube of the wind speed. If we consider that doubling the wind speed can create 8 times the energy, we can understand then how a jump for instance from 5 m/s (meters per second) to 5.7 creates an increase of 50%
Down time at the Boyles went unnoticed due to winter, which resulted in a lower than expected month for that turbine but everyone else ha a decent January.
As a group we generated 34 Million watt hours in January