Q & A
Is a wind turbine worthwhile to build?
Installing your own wind turbine is an individual decision for each member-consumer. Linn County REC’s role in this process is to help educate you regarding the cooperative’s expectations. First and foremost, we must protect the safety of our member-consumers and employees, maintain the integrity and reliability of the grid and ensure cost fairness.
We will help you obtain information you deem relevant to your decision making process. However, the decision is one you must make on your own or with the assistance of consultants.
What does a wind turbine cost?
The price of a wind turbine varies depending on factors such as size or capacity of the turbine, type of turbine, manufacturer, and supply and demand for such turbines.
Which vendors should I work with regarding my wind turbine?
Linn County REC does not endorse one particular wind turbine vendor. There are several resources on the internet which may give you additional background information.
What rebates or other incentives do entities such as the state or federal government have for wind generation?
Incentives can come in the form of tax credits, low interest loans or other delivery mechanisms. Your tax accountant or tax attorney can advise you about tax credits or other tax incentives relating to the installation of a wind turbine. The Iowa Energy Center may be another source of information.
Why do I have to carry liability insurance?
It is very common for businesses and individual homeowners to carry liability policies to insure against losses or claims. Customers should not view carrying liability insurance on a wind turbine any differently than the liability insurance on any other personal property. Insurance provides coverage for damages to others and their property. It is up to the owner of a wind generator to assume responsibility for insurance coverage. Linn County REC requires insurance for all grid interconnected generators prior to operation in parallel with Linn County REC.
For more information, please contact your Energy Advisors.