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Boston City Hall turns to Wind Power

Boston City Hall installed a wind turbine this month on their flat roof to generate electricity from wind resources. Boston City Hall decided to use the SkyStream 3.7 wind turbine to help them demonstrate and analyze the power of wind in Boston. The best part about this deployment of the Skystream 3.7 is that it is in an urban area, therefore it will raise awareness of this great wind turbine to the people. The wind turbine was donated by Southwest Wind Power to Boston’s City Hall. The Wind Turbine is 40 feet tall, the rotors diameter is 12 feet and weighs 170 pounds and can produce 1.9 kilowatts of clean wind power. Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino wanted to install a larger wind turbine until the idea was shot down by engineers because of wind turbulence reasons. Typically wind turbines need to clear trees and buildings located near the installed turbine so it can get the maximum air speed to generate electricity. The interesting part is they installed the Skystream on their roof, I have never seen one installed on top of the roof, what do you think, is it a good idea to install wind turbines on...

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Rebates in Nevada for Wind Power Systems!

Wind Power just got more attractive in Nevada because utility companies are now extending the same rebates extended to customers who installed solar panels to people installing wind power systems. The Nevada Utilities will pay consumers $2.50 per watt up to $25,000 for installing a wind turbine system. Wind Turbine systems such as the Southwest WindPower Skystream 3.7 can generate clean power for homes, small businesses, farms, schools and other public buildings. The rebates are going to cost Nevada utilities $23.3 million dollars and there is high demand for the rebates statewide therefore the rebates are expected to go quickly. These new rebates will be released on Monday and some people are predicting all the rebates will be reserved on the first day. Customers in urban areas or home owner associations may hit roadblocks because people may object with tall or noisy wind generators. Clark County’s building department has changed zoning laws to accommodate wind turbines in some residential zones. Other counties in Nevada are revising their building codes to be more wind power friendly. This is great news! We love seeing more states offering these types of rebates and making the permitting process for wind power turbines more flexible. We’re seeing local governments making changes for the better to encourage development of renewable energy power generation. You can learn more about the rebate program at the SolarGenerations website Most wind turbines need at least 10 mph average wind speeds to make financial sense, which is the first criteria when figuring out if wind power is right for you. To measure your wind speed you can purchase a wind speed meter or for a more general idea of the average wind speeds in your area you could refer to a wind resource map for free. What do you think about the rebate program in Nevada? Would you install a wind turbine in your backyard? Do you think your neighbors would mind seeing a wind turbine tower from their...

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SkyStream 3.7 the most popular residential wind turbine.

The Skystream 3.7 has revolutionized the residential wind power market, its so popular that even the Bush family has one at their home in Maine. What makes the Skystream 3.7 by Southwest Wind Power so different from endless selection of wind turbines in the market? Southwest Wind Power has really figured out their target market for the Skystream 3.7, the wind turbine has a built in grid connected inverter, so you can plug it right into the grid without having to buy an inverter along with the wind turbine. The Skystream 3.7 not only has great reviews about its design but the way it operates, its very quiet compared to older wind turbine technology. Installation is a snap, you can order with or without the pole. Typically its better to source the pole locally to save on shipping costs. The 5 inch adaptor kit is an optional part to help you can order to attach the skystream 3.7 to a 5 inch pole you can locally source. The amount of electricity you will produce from the 1.8 kW (kilowatt) skystream depends on your the average wind speeds in your area. The chart below shows an excellent diagram on the expected monthly kWh (kilowatt hour) a skystream 3.7 will produce for you. To get started with the skystream 3.7, first let your neighbors know your installing one. You may need to file for a building permit with your city and register with your electric company to connect the turbine to the...

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