Small Wind

If you live on rural land in a windy area, generating clean, renewable energy from the wind may be a good long-term option. Small wind turbines can help rural homeowners, farmers, ranchers and other property owners with wide-open spaces where the wind can blow freely. And with Energy Trust cash incentives, plus state and federal tax credits, it's possible to offset up to 80 percent of the cost of a turbine in the very best case.

Are you eligible?

To be feasible, the small wind turbine installation site must:

  • Be at least one acre in size
  • Be located within about 1,500 feet of a utility's electrical meter (closer is better)
  • Tower height must be a minimum of 70 feet and maximum of 180 feet
  • Average yearly wind speed should be 10 mph higher
  • Be connected to the local electric utility grid

You must be an Oregon customer of Portland General Electric or Pacific Power.

Getting started

We can help you find a trade ally contractor who can:

  • Further assess the wind quality at your site and determine if a small wind turbine makes sense
  • Recommend a small wind system for your needs
  • Provide a system quote that estimates annual power generation and your costs after Energy Trust incentives and state and federal tax credits
  • Discuss your community's approach to zoning and permitting. Cities, counties and other jurisdictions have requirements that relate to setback, tower height and other issues that may affect your project.
  • Help you apply for cash incentives and state and federal tax credits
  • Install an eligible small wind system to serve your home or business
  • Explain maintenance and warranty details

Need more information?

See the following pages for detailed information, resources and calculators:

If you still have questions please call us at 1.866.368.7878 or email our small wind team.

Wind Power Basics

Not sure how to begin planning for a wind system? Unsure what to expect from the local government permitting process? The information below will help you get started.