You should be completely familiar with the installation procedures before you begin. Safety equipment should be used at all times. Local building departments may have bylaw or zoning restrictions for towers.
Wind speed increases rapidly with tower height. Doubling tower height increases the available wind power by about 40%. It is often more economical to install a higher tower rather than purchasing a larger generator. A wind generator should be installed a minimum of 33 feet (10 meters) above any obstruction within 330 feet (100 meters).
Self-supporting towers are the least visibly intrusive wind turbine towers. They can be installed in rough terrain with a minimum of cleared area. Very small wind turbines may be installed on a short self-supporting tubular tower, but larger turbines require a lattice tower.
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Tower grounding rods and wire provide lightning protection and assure a low resistance path to ground. The grounding wire should be straight, without sharp angles. A free-standing tower poses a special problem because its base acts as an insulator.
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