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closing up rew 2009

Today ends Renewable Energy World 2009 Confrence & Expo in Las Vegas….it was a great event, I got to reconnect with many friends and business partners in the industry. I did notice this year the attendance was quite low compared to the last couple years so you can say that the economy has caused companies to scale back in the renewable energy industry too. I want to share some interesting pictures with you. Below is a typical setup of how a grid tie system is connected your electric meter. The picture highlights a Solectria residential solar grid tie inverter, on the left side of the inverter, thats the DC disconnect. On the right side, thats the AC disconnect right above the revenue grade utility meter. Doesn’t seem too complicated, wouldn’t you agree? I got some great close up pictures of the Skystream 3.7 wind power system. A user friendly feature of the Skystream 3.7 is that the grid tie inverter is built into the head of the wind turbine. The picture below shows the housing in which the grid tie inverter sits inside. A closeup shot of inside the head of the Skystream 3.7 that shows the guts of the grid tie inverter. The downside to having the inverter and communications interface built into the head of the inverter is that if you ever need to service the grid tie inverter you would have to access the top of your tower, which could be very inconvenient. What do you think? Regardless, the Southwest Windpower, the company that makes the Skystream 3.7 booth at the trade show will continuously busy, it seems like there is still extremely high demand for their products. The back of the housing seems to features a heat sink cover to help the built in grid tie inverter to stay cool, notice the short antenna? That’s there to monitor the output and overall performance and health of the system through a wireless connection. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this short review of our experience at the leading renewable energy expo of the year. If your interested in checking out more pictures of our experience please check out our...

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university installs skystream 3.7

William Penn University recently installed a Skystream 3.7 grid tie wind power system to help produce clean electricity right on campus to help power the Musco Technology Center. The Skystream 3.7 is mounted on a tower that is 99 ft high, which is very high compared to most installations I’ve seen. The Skystream 3.7 in it’s first month of operation produced 352 kilowatt-hours (kWh) which equals to about $35 dollars in savings, seems quite low for a tower that’s 99 feet up, maybe their average wind speeds are quite last month? The Skystream 3.7 was donated to William Penn University primarily for education purposes, what a great tool to help future generations learn about renewable energy, wouldn’t you agree? The wind power system blades are designed to operate quietly so the wind turbine itself is not going to be a distraction when classes are in session. I’m looking forward to following this wind turbine project to see how much electricity is generated over a course of a year. What do you think about the Skystream 3.7 at the Willam Penn University...

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wind turbines present at Obama’s inaugural

(Photo: Business Wire) The United States Botanic Garden a couple blocks away from today’s historic inaugural for quite some time have had two wind turbines installed, although today they got special attention from the president himself as he mentioned solar and wind power in his acceptance speech. Hopefully the millions of people who went to Capitol Hill for Obama’s inaugural noticed the Skystream 3.7 and Mariah Power’s Windspire small scale wind power systems. The Skystream 3.7 shown in the picture above is a horizontal axis wind generator which has a built in grid tie inverter. The generator makes most financial sense in regions which have at least 10MPH average wind speeds. The Skystream 3.7 also has the ability to wirelessely transmit inverter data which enables the owner to monitor the performace of their wind power system through their computer. (Photo: Business Wire) Mariah Power’s Windspire on the other hand is a vertical axis wind turbine is a complete 1.2 kW wind power “appliance”, which includes the turbine, generator, grid tie inverter, pole and stand, WiFi to monitor performance and a 5-year warranty. Even though this wind turbine looks really great, there is one drawback to this new style, it has limited initial test data, therefore customers are early adopters of vertical axis wind turbines. Hopefully Obama’s administration can secure the capital it needs to execute projects that support the development of a renewable energy market in America which will enable more homes and businesses across America to use the small scale wind power systems to contribute to the grid versus being a liability to it. What do you...

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Purchase a Skystream 3.7, get up to $4,000 in tax incentives

Southwest Windpower, a leading manufacturer of small scale wind turbines such as the SkyStream 3.7 grid tie wind power system played a huge role in the passage of the new legislation which offers a federal tax credit for qualified small scale wind turbines. The landmark legislation was part of the economic bailout bill passed in early October 2008 and is a major leap for small wind industry because this is the first federal incentive for small wind power systems since 1985. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for small scale wind will be available for wind generators installed through 2016 and will give the small scale wind power system owner up to $4,000 federal tax credit. Andy Kruse, founder of Southwest Windpower fought tirelessly in congress to make sure Small Scale Wind Power Systems were included in the extension of the renewable energy ITC. The result of the legislation’s success will provide thousands of new jobs and harbor an environment which would generate a 40% annual growth rate of the small scale wind industry. To you, the person who is considering a small scale wind turbine like the Skystream 3.7 the new tax credit reduces the total upfront cost of installing a small scale wind power system, making the technology more affordable for people in the USA. What do you think about this legislation? Will it entice you to produce your own clean...

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Energy Savers Love the SkyStream 3.7

According to an article titled, “Wind turbines smart choice, energy savers” by Danie M. Huffman of the Weatherford Democrat a man named Curtis Kelly got sick of his high electric bills and decided to invest in a Skystream 3.7 to offset this dependence on the utility grid and lower his monthly bill. Kelly has paid up to $340 per month for his electric service and wit the Skystream 3.7 he could see a reduction of $80 – $120 dollars per month on his bill depending on the wind speeds he receives that month. The SkyStream 3.7, developed jointly with the US Department of Energy is one of the most reliable grid interactive small scale wind turbines on the market and the payback period can range from 5 to 7 years. The wind turbine makes most financial sense when there is an average wind speed of at least 10MPH. Many companies claim that the SkyStream 3.7 can eliminate a customers entire electric bill, although most likely it will just reduce consumption because most customers use a lot of energy, and it would take more than one SkyStream 3.7 to eliminate a bill. Kelly chose the SkyStream 3.7 because of the built in inverter, that turns the DC power into AC electricity that is used by most appliances and the quite nature of the wind turbine itself made the SkyStream 3.7 stand out as he was making his decision on which turbine to go with. The longest part of the installation is pouring the concrete base and allowing it to cure for two to four weeks, the wind turbine itself can be put up within a day. There are customers who are comfortable installing the SkyStream 3.7 on a Do-It-Yourself basis while others require a professional to help them with the installation similar to Kelly. What do you think about small scale wind power? Do you think they are a feasible option for the common American to reduce their dependence on the grid? Please...

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