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In the news: Wind industry sees big potential for little turbines

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

Wind industry sees big potential for little turbines
Deutsche Welle
Wind turbines are getting bigger and bolder, but bigger isn't always better. Some say turbines small enough for a backyard or rooftop offer the most unrealized potential to slash emissions, especially in remote areas. Read more »

What is the difference between on-grid and off-grid wind turbines?

Each month our customer service staff answers common questions heard across the airwaves.

Whether you are currently connected to a local utility grid or not can make a big impact on what type of wind turbine is right for your location. Let’s take a look at what on-grid and off-grid actually mean, and which turbines are right for each scenario. Read more »

Wind power for remote homes

The wind knows no bounds, but does carry unique characteristics depending on its geographic location. In our series "Where You Are," we will discuss wind patterns and the effectiveness of personal wind turbines in regions across the globe.

More than 50,000 Southwest Windpower wind turbines are used on remote homes and cabins around the world. Whether your remote home is for a weekend get-away or you live there full time, Southwest Windpower has a wind turbine to match your energy needs. Best of all, our products are designed to make it simple for the user to site and install. Read more »

Australian wind

It’s amazing to think that a breeze on a sunny day can turn into something powerful enough to create electricity to run our homes. What other super powers does wind have? In our series "What can wind do?" we will explore unique ways wind is changing our world.

This wind-powered sculpture is located in an art park near the Webb Bridge in the west end of Melbourne, Australia: Read more »

In the news: Renewable resources, wind see economic support and growth nationwide

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

Obama touts links between clean energy, education and economy
CNN.com
President Barack Obama linked clean energy, education, economic growth and budget negotiations on Wednesday in urging workers at a wind turbine company to continue shaping the nation's future. Read more »

U.S. homeowner cuts electric use: A year-to-year comparison


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

With a heart for the environment and a desire to do her part, Nancy Riddick has been interested in renewable energy for years – long before it was en vogue. The high cost was her largest roadblock to investing in renewables. Skystream changed all that.

After ongoing research about wind turbines, Riddick discovered the Skystream, which was not only significantly lower in price compared to other models, but also generated much higher efficiency levels as well. She began looking for a local dealer, but remained skeptical. Read more »

Wind powered car surpasses three Guinness Book of World Records

It’s amazing to think that a breeze on a sunny day can turn into something powerful enough to create electricity to run our homes. What other super powers does wind have? In our series "What can wind do?" we will explore unique ways wind is changing our world.

Two German men and their wind powered car have surpassed several Guinness Book of World Records in their trip across Australia. The vehicle is the first of its kind to cross the Southern Australia in a wind powered car, complete the longest distance travelled in a 36 hour period and travel the most distance overall in a wind powered car. Read more »

In the news: Wind power continues to face hurdles, misconceptions

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

California Raises Renewable Energy Requirements
The Wall Street Journal
California lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would require a third of the state's power to come from renewable energy sources by 2020, setting a new bar for the rest of the country. The U.S.'s largest energy consumer is increasing its renewable portfolio standards and continues to pursue a cap-and-trade program that would put a price on carbon after similar initiatives to do so in Congress have flatlined. Read more »

Wind power for on-grid utility connected homes

The wind knows no bounds, but does carry unique characteristics depending on its geographic location. In our series "Where You Are," we will discuss wind patterns and the effectiveness of personal wind turbines in regions across the globe.

Take control of your energy needs by harnessing a free resource—the wind. How? With a Skystream wind turbine. Skystream converts wind into electricity you can use. It helps reduce your electric bills, protects you against volatile electricity prices, reduces your dependence on foreign oil and produces clean energy that doesn’t affect global warming. Most importantly, it provides independence and stability for you and your family. Read more »

What kind of wind turbine do I need?

In our “Is Wind for You?" series we will discuss frequently asked questions and concerns when it comes to purchasing and installing a personal wind turbine. Read more »


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