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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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L.A. Tech Week features Clean Energy

L.A. Tech Week is a series of events designed to inform those with an interest in technology – businesses that develop technologies and businesses that employ technologies, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, teachers and students – about the state of the technology landscape in Los Angeles County. This year, the technology theme of the event is clean energy, which includes solar energy, wind power, fuel cells and the numerous technologies labeled “Sustainable Energy”. Learn about the latest breaking clean energy technologies from America’s leading technology companies based in Los Angeles County, you’ll find valuable information on the latest technological developments and trends. The panelist seem very interesting and have diverse backgrounds, I am looking forward to meeting Dr. Surampudi who works on spacecraft power systems at JPL and has experience with batteries, fuel cells, alternate fuels, solar cells, radioisotope power systems. Sounds interesting, don’t you...

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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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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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Prepaid electric bill for life.

When you install a grid tied solar panel system or wind turbine your prepaying your electric bill, it is that simple although many consumers when shopping for a clean energy systems are shocked by the cost up front cost. This the the fist time in history people now have the chance to buy technology to produce their own electricity! People can finally become producers and not just consumers at the mercy of big energy. Since we have been used to paying electric bills on a monthly basis, most customers don’t realize how expensive electricity is over a long period of time when they see the cost of buying solar power to energize their home. I noticed when consumers buy a clean energy system, all of a sudden they start thinking about energy efficiency although when just paying month to month for electricity from the utility company customers are more wasteful. It seems like when customers become their own producers, they start to appreciate the long term value of electricity. Why do you think people who buy their own clean energy system become more cautious of their electric usage after they install a...

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