OtherPower.com contains plans for a wind turbine that is 10 feet in diameter and built from scratch. The site includes instructions for making a stator, carving blades and assembling the turbine. Using wind power to leave the power grid may be expensive, although larger turbines can be more cost-effective.
The plans at OtherPower.com include written descriptions, photographs of each step and handwritten plans.
Zoning laws or other bylaws may prohibit the construction of a wind generator, as turbines must be tall to catch the wind. Be aware of trees and other objects that may affect wind flow.
If the prospect of building a turbine from scratch is daunting, consider buying a kit from a retailer.