In Action


In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies.
Baja and the Breeze Part II: Cabo brings a shock

Our own customer systems development manager, Brad Van Orden, recently put our Air Breeze personal wind turbine to the test during a two-week trip through Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. In this short series, Brad will share his adventures on the road and how the Air Breeze helped to keep the wind in the sails of “Nacho,” his 1984 Volkswagen camper van, along the way. Read more »

Baja and the Breeze part I: A man, a can and a plan

Our own customer systems development manager, Brad Van Orden, recently put our Air Breeze personal wind turbine to the test during a two-week trip through Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. In this short series, Brad will share his adventures on the road and how the Air Breeze helped to keep the wind in the sails of “Nacho,” his 1984 Volkswagen camper van, along the way. Read more »

The northernmost wind turbine in the world


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates a cabin at Galbraith Lake, Alaska, that is well above the Arctic Circle, north of the Brooks Range, and near the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Because of the remote location, a small wind turbine provides on-site power.

Patrick Boonstra of Ahtna Engineering Services was involved in the installation of the Southwest Windpower Whisper wind turbine. Read more »

Harvesting organic produce and clean energy

It has been a good two years for the Guthrie family. Founders of Growing Harmony Farms, Gary and Nancy Guthrie run a small but productive community-supported agriculture (CSA) program in Nevada, Iowa.

Cultivating on less than two acres of land, the couple harvested nearly 21,000 pounds of fresh produce this past season. The produce is distributed among the 74 members of the CSA with extra carrots, garlic and sweet potatoes headed to local restaurants and natural food stores. Read more »

Chevy Volt powered by wind energy

In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies.

One lucky Chevy Volt was driven around Hereford, Texas, producing zero emissions not only from the car itself, but also from the source it was charged on. KPAN Radio, a local Hereford station, was given a week to test-drive a Chevrolet Volt provided by Stevens 5-Star, a local car dealership. Read more »

Navy base salutes three new Skystream wind turbines

In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies.

The Joint Expeditionary Base at Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., has three new Skystream 3.7 personal wind turbines standing at attention on the base grounds.

The turbines, installed on Earth Day, are furthering the Navy’s goal of having 50 percent of installations with net zero energy consumption by 2020. Since 2003 the base has reduced its energy consumption by 20 percent.

Two of the turbines will supplement power to maintenance facilities associated with the base’s golf course, while the third will supplement power to the Naval Special Warfare training facility. Read more »

Share photos of your wind turbine

Do you own a Southwest Windpower turbine? We want to see photos of our customers’ turbines in action. Upload your photos to our new flickr group and check out photos of other turbines popping up all over the world.

Want to see a Skystream personal wind turbine up close? Find out if there is one installed in your area with our “Skystreams near you” app. Read more »

Wind power lowers impact on the planet and the piggy bank

In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies.

For Robert Hall and Maureen McGee of Flagstaff, Ariz., Skystream is an investment, not just in their own long-term energy savings, but in a more positive future.

“I believe the payback can’t be measured just in our electric bill,” says Robert. “One of the things that people often ask us is 'what is the return on your investment for buying a wind turbine?'”

Robert’s answer is more complex than a simple number. Read more »

Sun and wind power a street light

In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies.

The first solar and wind powered streetlight in Texas was recently installed in Grand Prairie.

"Fort Hood has a wind and sun powered light pole, but to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a city in Texas has installed such a pole," said Public Works Director Ron McCuller. "If it does as well as it has in other states, we’ll be able to use this technology in targeted areas throughout town where the cost of extending power to a site might be cost-prohibitive. We are excited to see how this test light does." Read more »

The good life on ice

In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies.

Mike Kaiser lives in St. Paul, Minn., but on winter weekends, you’ll most likely find him living comfortably on ice.

Mike’s home away from home is an ice fishing shelter on wheels that offers every comfort and convenience of home. Even better, it’s powered entirely by a personal wind turbine (AIR X) and solar panels.

The fish house, measuring 7 feet by 25 feet, is not so much about fishing as it is about getting away in comfort. Electrically wired, the unit has heat and satellite TV and accommodates 4-6 people, sleeping two comfortably. Read more »