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The City has begun exploring whether “urban wind” might play a role in its renewable energy future. While much remains unknown about the use of small wind turbines in urban environments, urban wind has the potential to offer several benefits.

The City has begun exploring whether "urban wind" might play a role in its renewable energy future. While much remains unknown about the use of small wind turbines in urban environments, urban wind has the potential to offer several benefits. Read>
There are currently five small wind turbine installations in San Francisco. Check out our small wind FAQ.Read>
In 2008, the Mayor's Office and the SF Environment coordinated the Urban Wind Power Task Force with the mandate to explore the potential for small-scale wind generation in San Francisco and develop recommendations for advancing City policy to encourage the expansion of local wind power generation. Read>
Unlike "horizontal-axis" turbines, which have the propeller design familiar to most people, "vertical-axis" turbines are a relatively new approach to turbine design. Read>
One of the most prominent urban wind turbines in San Francisco is found in a quiet area of the Mission District, powering the remodeled home of Robin Wilson, a general contractor and owner of the wind turbine distribution company Whirligig, Inc.Read>
Hundreds of animals live at the San Francisco Zoo, but now the Zoo is home to a different type of attraction…a sustainability exhibit, featuring a vertical-axis wind turbineRead>

Additional Information for Urban Wind

AWEA FAQ for Small Wind System
General Information about Small Wind Systems
SF Energy Map
A map of renewable energy activity around the City, including installed wind systems, case studies, and monitoring stations.
US DOE Small Wind FAQ
These frequently asked questions will help you determine if a small wind energy system is practical for powering your home.
San Francisco Wind Monitoring Stations
The SFPUC operates 25 monitoring stations throughout San Francisco and in outlying areas where the City may develop renewable energy projects. These stations measure wind speed and direction to more fully understand the urban wind potential in San Francisco. Additionally these stations monitor the solar resources for the area as well.