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Check this out:http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/19/broadstar-aerocam-breaks-wind-watt-barrier/
Do you need permits for this sort of thing?
353.06 Exceptions to Height Regulations(a) Towers. For towers attached to the ground or mounted on a building, except for roof structures as defined in the Ohio Basic Building Code and as regulated in division (b) of this section, the maximum height specified in Section 353.02 may be exceeded, provided that:(1) the area of the tower's horizontal cross section above the height limit does not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the lot area excluding all required yard area;(2) the tower is not nearer to any lot lines at the height limit than 25 feet;(3) the tower is located no closer to a public airport or landing field than one mile, unless closer proximity is specifically permitted by the Board of Zoning Appeals, based on recommendations provided by the Department of Port Control.(b) Roof Structures. In any height district, stairway and elevator or ventilating equipment penthouses, and penthouses for similar purposes; water tanks, cooling towers, ornamental towers, scenery lofts, poles, chimneys or other necessary appurtenances, when erected upon and as an integral part of the building, may be erected or extended above the maximum height specified in Section 353.02 if such building is more than one mile from a public airport or landing field, or if closer proximity to such airport or landing field is specifically permitted by the Board of Zoning Appeals.(c) Exemptions. No provision of this section shall apply to any tower regulated by Chapter 354.(Ord. No. 2306-2000. Passed 1-22-01, eff. 1-23-01)
However, if you have a sterling relationship with your neighbors and city officials, and you don't violate any of the airport stuff, you may just want to go ahead with the operation and hope for the best.
My reading of section 1 is that the height of the tower is dictated by the size of the lot; for a 35 ft tower, your lot would need to be at least 140 feet by 140 feet. Judging from section 2, if you're looking to place it along the lot line, then you will have problems; it this ends up going before the Zoning Board of Appeals, your neighbors and public safety will surely weigh in and things could get drawn out, expensive and generally ugly. However, if you have a sterling relationship with your neighbors and city officials, and you don't violate any of the airport stuff, you may just want to go ahead with the operation and hope for the best.
So my latest idea is to build a micro turbine. In all actuality they are pretty easy and cheap to make. I expect when my project is all said and done it will have cost me around 400-500 for everything (tower, batteries, wiring). I know I am not going to produce enough electricity to run my house, but I want to use it to run my garage (a couple of lights and a garage door - estimate of 400-500W). This is more of a "vanity" project and I more interested in learning the concepts to apply later down the road than anything else. Also, I am in the process of rewiring my house and will be installing a new box in the garage, so switching between (wind and grid) will be relatively easy. My question is this, does anyone have any experience with this type of project or tried anything like this before?
Do you have it fully functional and can you monitor how much electricity is produced?
Apparently there is a gentleman from Tremont planning to put one on top of an apartment, does anyone know anything about this?
Just a quick update, I went in front of the Zoning Appeals Board this morning and I am proud to say I am the first city resident with a legal wind turbine in the city. Apparently there is a gentleman from Tremont planning to put one on top of an apartment, does anyone know anything about this?