Let's say I want to install a 70-foot tall 3 kW small wind turbine in my backyard. Assume I meet all zoning/setback requirements and approvals will be granted. Also assume that my state allows net metering. But before I make the investment in the turbine itself, how do I know if I have a wind resource that is worth my time and money? I should hire a consultant. But which one? Should I have them install an anemometer and get a year's worth of data first? Or should I hire a consultant that can provide an assessment and report within a month, with data based on model simulations and NREL wind maps?
What would you do?