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Many people in urban and suburban areas want to take advantage of the wind to lower their electric bills. Although its a hassle to get wind turbines approved in these types of areas because of the required tower height to achieve a feasible return on investment to break even on a wind power system. A new small scale wind turbine for homes and businesses called the Swift, made by a Scottish company called Cascade Engineering has developed a very unique wind turbine which will enable more urban locations to harness the power of the wind. The Swift wind turbine is unique because it can bolt on right to the side of a building or on top of a roof with a very short pole thus making the installation process easier and more flexible compared to tower based wind turbines. According to the company the unit is vibration free making it safe for roof tops and one unit can produce up to 2000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) per year while keeping the noise under 35 decibels which means you can barely hear this wind turbine when its kicking out electricity. The product is backed with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty although is designed to last at least 20 years. Multiple units can be grid tied together to create a larger output and eliminate even more of your electric bill. The company says a typical installed cost can range from $10,000 to $12,000 and will pay itself back within 3 years depending on the electric rate, average wind speeds in your area and rebates and tax credits you’ll qualify for. The claim of 3 years seems quite aggressive on a system outside of California, what do you think? would you install one of these on your home or...

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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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More people are installing solar panels and wind turbines

According to an article, titled “Private wind power, solar pan use grows“ by Andrew Ostroski a staff writer for Del Marva Now states that more private residences are turning their homes into power plants through solar panel and wind power technology. Andrew states that renewable energy in Del Marva, a coastal community is becoming a more popular option for homes. Solar Panels and Wind turbines are showing up around the city, although home owners still had a challenge installing wind turbines due to city zoning law. The article interviews a couple of Del Marva residents who have either installed wind power systems or solar panels on their property and the most interesting interview note was the fact that a resident points out that there is a common misconception about wind turbines being noisy, although the resident points out that small scale wind turbines are often more silent then air conditioners. I think in 2009, since the US federal government removed the $2,000 cap on residential solar power system installations, we’ll finally see more private residences right here in the USA with renewable energy...

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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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Jay Leno is a big fan of solar panels and wind power.

Today, after the Presidential Debates between Obama and McCain, one of the first commercials that aired was oil man T. Boone Pickens to join him on the Picken’s Plan Community to chat with him live about the energy plans laid out by both Candidates. As I was intrigued that T. Boone was fielding questions about his Natural Gas and large scale wind farm development through his chat room. One individual asked, “what do you think about powering your home or business with solar or wind power” and Picken’s replied “Jay Leno does it.” Recently Jay Leno had T. Boone Pickens on his show as a guest and Jay mentioned that he was using solar panels and wind turbines to produce electricity for his garage. Jay Leno is infamous for having a collection of cars and the warehouse style build he houses his cars in is powered by renewable energy. Jay Leno’s Green Garage has 270 x 200 watt General Electric (GE) Solar Photovoltaic Panels, which is a 54 kW system, that’s huge! In comparison the solar panel array on top of Jay’s Garage generates enough energy to power 10 average American homes. According to GE, the environmental impact of the system is equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road. Considering Jay has a huge fleet of cars in his collection, I guess it’s does not offset much in reality. Jay is using Fat Spaniel Web Monitoring system to keep tabs on the output of the solar power system. He can easily log on a website that shows how much energy he is producing, consuming and exporting to the grid. Web Monitoring for solar power systems extend the customer experience after installing solar panels because the owner and their peers can see the benefits they are receiving by installing solar panels. So you think a 56kW solar power system is large enough? Well Leno, did not stop there he installed a hard to get Delta II by Pacwind that is rated at 10kW. Pacwind makes unique vertical axis wind turbines and the best aspect of these turbines is that they can generate electricity at 5 mph. These turbines are simple to install, connect right into the gird and are maintenance free. Unfortunately, we called Pacwind to put these turbines on our website although they are sold out till next year! Seems like they have an interesting product we would like to investigate more. It is great to see more celebrities jump into renewable energy systems and take the risks to show how effective these systems really are. Many people look up to people like Jay Leno and other celebrities,...

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