You might be tilting at windmills if you want to install a turbine on your roof — for now, they’re not permitted by the city. But advocates are hoping that a pilot project in Red Hook will speed the plough, if you will. So clip and save our handy how-to guide to getting it done, courtesy of Rob Ashmore, president of turbine-installer Aeonsolar:
Step 1: Contact wind contractors, get site assessments and several proposals. Be skeptical of contractors who promise wildly optimistic energy production. Cost: $300-$1,000
Step 2: Have your contractor apply for incentives and tax credits through the state Energy Research and Development Authority.
Step 3: Apply for all the required building and electrical permits.
Step 4: Get approval from the energy giant in your area, in this case, Con Ed, to connect your system to its grid.
Step 5: Install the turbine! Cost: $2,500-$25,000, depending on the model and size.
Step 6: Using the money you save on your electric bill, buy that new Chevy Volt you’ve been eying.
— Gary Buiso