Wind Energy: Choosing a Supplier
Wind energy dealers are separate from manufacturers and other middle men in terms of the fact that they are there to help. Most dealers will be full of helpful information, and it will be in your best interest to learn as much from them as you possibly can.
Here are some basic tips in finding and consulting with a wind power system supplier.
Go local, if possible
The closer a dealer is to your own location the more likely he is to know about your local weather conditions, wind availability and other important factors. On the other hand, you want a reputable dealer knowledgeable of all aspects of the system you are installing.
Get as many catalogues as you can
There is also a lot of information available online (including this guide, of course).
For how long do they guarantee, and against what do they guarantee?
The more information you can get, the fuller your understanding will be.
Here are some other important questions about any dealer:
- How long have they been in business?
- How many years of experience do they have altogether?
- Are they familiar with all local zoning and electrical requirements and codes?
- What do they know about state (or provincial) and national incentives?
- Can they supply you with a list of references?
- What after-installation service do they offer?
- Can they provide you with updated manuals and catalogues?
- Do they have background information (tests, etc.) on equipment?
- Are they a member of trade organizations (e.g. state "wind energy association")?
- Do they offer payment options?