STEP 1: Determining your wind resource
There are several ways to ensure you have at least a 10 mph (4.5 m/s) average wind speed.
- Wind Maps (USA) / Wind Maps (International)
- Local authorities such as weather stations
- Checking your surrounding trees for indication strong wind flagging
- Site assessment and monitoring by professional third parties
STEP 2: Locating the system on your property
The general rule of thumb is to install your Skystream at least 20 feet (6 m) above any surrounding trees or structures in a 250 foot (76 m) radius.
STEP 3: Ensure proper generator height
In most cases, a taller tower will allow you to generate more energy. Taller towers, however, increase the cost of your installation and may not be allowed in some areas. A Skystream 3.7 commonly requires a monopole or guyed tower. Below you’ll find a siting guide and information on the most common tower options.