The Wind Turbine
The wind turbine used to produce electricity at the Madison Lakes Park is a 15 foot diameter turbine mounted on a 90 foot monopole tower. This wind power system is capable of producing a maximum of 10 kW and produces an average of 6,000 kWh per year. A typical home in the United States consumes an average of 1kW of power and uses around 9,000 kWh of electricity per year. This means that at the turbine's peak conditions it generates enough electricity to power 10 homes, and over the course of one year it generates enough electricity to power 67% of an average home. This system is net-metered, which means that extra energy produced by the wind turbine (above the usage of the facility) literally spins the electricity meter backwards.
When an individual uses electricity from a local utility provider's (DP&L) electricity grid their electricity meter spins forward. Net-metering is when electricity produced by an individual is fed back into the local utility provider's grid and it spins their electricity meter in the opposite direction. Ohio state law mandates that all electricity providers must use net-metering. Using net-metering, it is possible to achieve net-zero energy usage for a facility. This means that even though an individual may use electricity from the grid, enough energy is produced by the individual to bring their net energy usage to 0. Net-metering provides the independence and cost effectiveness of producing your own energy while still providing a back-up energy source.