Friday, August 22, 2008

Beating The Energy Crunch With Personal Windpower

We've previously written about Southwest Windpower's personal wind turbine, suitable for many homes in appropriate wind zones and priced economically (roughly $10,000--but with installation, etc. it will cost you a bit more).

We're happy to see that a small number of folks in the D.C. metropolitan region are starting to install these to provide themselves with renewable energy and reduce their dependence on huge cental generating plants.

Here's a story from today's Washington Post profiling one such couple (assuming they get the rest of the clearances they need to proceed): "Windpower's Energetic Fans." The story also mentions a Maryland man who already has one of the microturbines and who's been selling a handful of them to others.

By the way, if you want to see one of Southwest's Skystream microturbines in action, get over to the U.S. Botanic Garden, at the base of Capitol Hill, where one is in action as part of

It's a small trend, but a good one. (We might add that when homeowners install their own wind turbines or solar cells, tied into the electric grid, they reduce the need for additional high voltage power lines to transmit electricity from some enormous, but remote, power plant to your flat screen television.)

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