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Why home solar works better than solar power plants
May27

Why home solar works better than solar power plants

If you’re thinking about making the switch to clean energy, but are waiting for a community solar farm to pop up in your area or a utility company to construct a massive project that harvests the sun, might want to think again.   But first, let’s talk about Blockbuster. Remember them? That blue and yellow chain of video rental stores that could be found in nearly every suburban neighborhood in the 90s?     Yeah, I barely do, either. And that’s because when the internet changed the way people consumed movies, the behemoth company stubbornly refused to shift its model of distribution.     With the conversion rates of people switching to solar becoming more common across the globe, we’ve begun to notice a similar flub on the part of large scale solar production plants.      While these grand undertakings are exponentially better for the environment than their carbon emitting alternatives, recent problems with such projects prove the energy source is much better suited to be captured by autonomous individuals than in concentrated areas on large tracts of land.   This past March a sector of Ivanpah, one of the world’s largest solar power plants, emphasized this point as it went up in flames.     With nearly 200,000 sets of focused mirrors superheating steam to generate electricity and tons of small moving parts, it was a difficult (and expensive) project to keep running smoothly. Add to this the sprawling 3,500 acres of land it takes to house the plant and you’ve racked up a bill costing nearly 20 cents per a kilowatt hour.   Photovoltaic home solar systems on the other hand are much more scalable, only require rooftops or backyards as necessary real estate and have the advantage of making electricity where it is used–reducing its kilowatt per hour cost down to 6 cents or less.   When it comes to solar, it’s not hard to imagine a future where the outdated energy production models of the 20th century have gone the way of Blockbuster, and the companies that come out on top are the ones that shift their thinking about how the public produces, access and consumes electricity....

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made in USA wind turbines in demand overseas

This week The SBA (Small Business Administration) honored Soutwest Windpower, the company that manufacturers the Air Breeze and Skystream 3.7 small scale wind turbines. The SBA named Southwest Windpower as the 2009 National Exporter of the Year. We can all agree that America’s manufacturing base is being eroded by products made overseas. Although people from all over the world are demanding wind energy systems made in the USA by Southwest Windpower. It’s great to hear about a U.S. based manfacturer doing well exporing products to other countries around the world. I can tell you by first hand experience that many people around the world are buying the Air Breeze, in fact we have customers in France and Germany who have purchased and installed the Air Breeze and are using an American made product to generate clean energy. I’m glad to hear that the SBA is recognizing businesses that are still exporting in this competitive global environment. What do you think about the award Southwest Windpower...

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check out the skystream 3.7 video

I noticed an updated video about the Skystream 3.7, a residential wind turbine has been released and I wanted to share it with you because it does a good job of explaining how this leading grid tie wind power system interacts with your home and the electric utility that provides you service. The Skystream 3.7, since it’s a grid connected wind power system spins your electric meter backwards when the unit is generating more power than your using. There are many misconceptions with consumers who are looking to add a wind turbine about how grid tie wind turbines actually work. When there is limited wind resources on a particular day your home or small business would be receiving electricity from your utility company. During windy days, when your wind generator is cranking out watts it would be offsetting the electricity you would normally have to purchase from the utility company. In most cases a Skystream 3.7 would offset your annual electric bill not completely eliminate your entire bill. What do you think about the Skystream 3.7? Do you like how the wind turbine interfaces with the grid, eliminating the need for cost of...

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the rural energy for america program

If your a farmer, rancher or rural small businesses, you’re in luck. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will pay you to install solar panels, wind turbines or invest into energy efficiency upgrades. Recently Coble and Sons ranch took advantage of the USDA incentive program to install a SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems to power two ¾ horsepower submersible pumps for livestock water wells and a 15-hp electric turbine irrigation pump. Since installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind turbines Coble and Sons reduced their electric bill by a third. At average wind speeds of 23mph the SkyStream 3.7 is capable of producing 9kWh (depending on the tower height and other project site considerations) Through the generous Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency incentive program offered by the USDA, Coble and Sons ranch received $14,725 to offset the cost of installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems. The great aspect of the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, is it’s a complete wind power system that includes a built in grid tie inverter and starts generating electricity at wind speeds as low as 8MPH. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) admistered by the USDA will give away $55 million this year, so if your interested in taking advantage of the program take a look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development...

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avoid air turbulence, get the most out of your wind turbine

Are you considering a small scale wind turbine system for your home or business? Well if you are, finding a proper place to install your wind turbine is critical for you to maximize on your energy harvest from your investment. Small scale wind turbines such as the Skystream 3.7 in general require at least a 20 foot of clearance from surrounding trees or structures in the area. If the height of your tower is lower than your surroundings then you will experience decreased performance out of your wind power system since the trees and buildings in the immediate area can block the flow of air that hits your wind turbine. Many times, inexperienced customers want to install wind turbines but they’re not aware of the effect trees or other obstacles in the vicinity can have on the return on investment on their wind power system. Typically, a taller tower will generate more energy, although the higher the tower height, the more it’s going to cost to install and it maybe difficult to acquire a building permit from your city. What do you think is the most optimal tower height for a wind...

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