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Do You Wonder How Much Energy Your Home Could Get from Solar or Wind?

December 16, 2008 - 1:15pm


Have you ever thought about installing wind or solar energy on your property? Are you curious about what sort of results you could get if you did?

Then you might be interested in trying out the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's In My Backyard tool. In My Backyard uses Google Maps and the laboratory's renewable resource databases to estimate how much energy you could produce from wind or solar energy at your location.

All you have to do is plug in your address, use the "draw" tool to select where you would construct wind or solar, and plug in a few details about the installation you want. The tool will then estimate how much power you could make throughout the year.

There are a few drawbacks, of course. For one, it only has wind information for 30 states. Otherwise, an estimate is just that—for more specific information about how much energy you can get from installations on your property, you should consult a professional in your area. But if you're interested in experimenting with different options and need an overview of what's possible, this is a great place to start.

And if you're looking into installing solar or wind on your property and would like more information about what options are available to you, you might be interested in these other resources from EERE: