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Small Scale Wind Power Booming in the USA

Many Homeowners in the USA are becoming aware of of renewable energy, in particular more people are buying and installing wind turbines. Americans are feeling the heat of energy taking up a more significant percentage of their yearly income and consider wind energy for its lower upfront costs. Although, not everyone who wants a wind turbine can qualify for one, because its very geographical of where a wind turbine can generate enough energy to meet the needs of a homeowner. The average American home uses 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month, typically depending on type of wind turbine and the wind resources available at the proposed installation location a wind energy systems can produce 200-1000 kWh per month. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says the demand for small scale wind energy systems are on the rise, according to the organization 10,000 wind turbines were sold in the U.S. in 2007. AWEA expects the number to grow by 20% a year. People are looking to take control of their own energy future and more consumers are willing to take the risk of being early adopters of wind energy systems. Typically for a small scale wind power to make sense for your home or small business you need to first consult a wind resource map. You need at least 10 MPH average wind speeds for a wind turbine to provide a significant...

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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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An affordable small scale wind turbine.

The Air Breeze by Southwest Windpower is a small 17 pound wind turbine for remote and low power applications. The Air Breeze packs a punch with it’s blades designed to operate quieter and only takes wind speeds of 6 MPH to start generating power. The wind generator can produce power anywhere from 6 MPH – 110 MPH wind speeds giving you a wide range of wind speeds to maximize your return on investment. A major improvement over other small scale wind turbines in terms of power output at low wind speeds and ease of operation. The Air Breeze will need a pole, inverter and batteries (if you a planning a stand alone system) for a compete system. At 28MPH the Air Breeze is rated to produce 200 watts, thats quite the power for the small unit. In terms of kWh (kilowatt hours) produced the graph above shows the pure effectiveness at lower wind speeds. Has anyone had experience with small scale wind? have you considered wind power for your home or...

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