So, you want to build a wind generator? It is quite possible to build your own wind power generator if you have a good set of wind generator plans, basic woodworking skills and tools. There are quite a few sets of plans available to help you. But, which one is the best? I’ve looked at many of these plans and, while most of them are decent enough to guide most people building a wind generator, there are two that really stand out. I’ll discuss each of them below.
This is the best set of plans I have seen and I can sum up why in just 1 word: Videos! Earth 4 Energy includes both solar and wind generator plans in 1 package and they include step-by-step videos for each. The guides include very detailed instructions and lots of pictures and illustrations. There are also shopping lists and where to buy parts cheaply. The cost of the parts to build a basic wind generator can be as little as $100.
Besides information about the wind turbine itself, the plans also show you how to wire things together and where to find cheap batteries to store the power you generate.
The Earth 4 Energy plans include additional instructions about wiring which are very helpful and are an often overlooked topic.
OK, so what about the videos? Are they worth it? In my opinion, they definitely are. Especially for a wind generator where you are shaping the windmill blades, the videos are extremely helpful. Detailed descriptions of how to do something are good, additional pictures or illustrations are better, but videos show you exactly what to do. You can rewind and replay each section as much as you want and you can pause and follow along with the video while you are working. If you’ve ever tried to put something together following written instructions, you know how frustrating it can be when you don’t know exactly how they got from step 4 to step 5. Videos show you exactly how to do it.
This is another set of plans that also comes with a solar guide as well. In all honesty, the plans from Homemade Energy are similar to the plans from Earth 4 Energy. The biggest difference is Earth 4 Energy includes videos.
The instructions from Homemade Energy are quite detailed and also include diagrams. They claim that the instructions are so easy to follow that even children can understand them. It is probably true that a child could understand the instructions, but a child would at least need adult help to build a wind generator following the plans.
If you have basic woodworking ability and tools, you will be able to easily follow the Homemade energy plans. They include lists of materials that you will need, all of which you can find at your local hardware store for less than $200. The diagrams are very clear and follow the step-by-step instructions.