Yes, although local zoning regulations should be considered before purchase and installation. Some systems are stand alone and are not designed to be connected to the grid. Any power flowing onto Claverack lines must be alternating current and the system must be interconnected in accordance with current policies.
Claverack does not offer an incentive to install a wind mill. Depending on current state or federal programs, other incentives or tax breaks may be available. The Department of Energy website is a good source of information on alternative energy and incentives.
There is no specific fee for interconnection; however you are responsible for complete installation. If Claverack lines need to be built or upgraded to accommodate your project, you bear that cost. Any required equipment such as disconnect switches and meter bases is also paid for by the member.
The most important factor in determining your benefit is to make a reasonable estimation of how much your generator will produce. The best way to do this is to conduct a wind study at the location and height that your windmill would operate. We recommend a wind study done for at least a year. This data, along with the product specifications should help you make a realistic estimate of the generation you may expect.
Your payback depends on the initial cost of your equipment and the amount of electricity you generate. The more you generate, the sooner you pay for your investment. A realistic study of the annual wind speed at you site will help you determine your cost versus your benefit.
There are many companies that sell wind generators. An online search will supply you with many contacts. You will need to know the output of the generator in order to compute your expected power production and to determine if you can interconnect to the grid. Purchase your wind mill from a reputable company that will support your installation and future maintenance needs.