Shoot the Breeze

Liberty and Sustainable Energy for All


In the technology-saturated world that we live in, it is hard to believe that there are parts of the planet that lack basic electricity needs. For most, it would be impossible to live without plugging in, so to think that not everyone in the world can flip a power switch is a concept that many do not comprehend. Read more »

Wind power and conservation go hand in hand at High Hopes Gardens

By Mark Runquist
Skystream owner since 2008

I like to think that raising our residential wind turbine on our small Marshall County, Iowa farm was a harbinger for the new 52 turbine wind farm that now stretches to within a couple miles of our pioneer turbine. It’s not hard to imagine our lonely turbine was excited to see some friends on the horizon. Our turbine is not only a way for us to provide for some of our own electrical needs, but as a statement of our values we hold as a family. Read more »

In The News: Research and developments in renewable energy, small wind markets

Pennsylvania Invests $13.8 Million in Wind Power
The Wall Street Journal: Market Watch
Six renewable energy and clean energy projects will receive the support from the state of Pennsylvania, as announced this Thursday. More than 44,000 PA homes will be positively affected.

Renewables From Vestas to Suntech Plan Profits Without Subsidy Read more »

What is wind?

This seemingly simple question has a somewhat more complex answer.

Winds have encircled our planet since its origins. They have carried the sands of the Saharan desert as far as the Caribbean, generated vast weather systems that have battered ships and shores, and inspired great myths.

For thousands of years, humans have harnessed this invisible force. Egyptians utilized winds energy to power ships on the great Nile River. Its energy was later used to power mills for grinding grain and pumping water.   Read more »

The wind where you are: Dodge City, Kan.

Named after nearby Fort Dodge, Dodge City, Kan., is famous for its history as a wild frontier town of the Old West. The city is home to nearly 27,400 residents, and is the windiest city in the U.S., with an average wind speed of 13. 9 mph. Read more »

Skystream wind turbines help power a Nova Scotia poultry farm

Glen Jennings of Masstown, N.S. can consider himself an agriculture and poultry industry pioneer. His Bayview Poultry Farms Ltd. was one of the first Nova Scotia farms to install wind turbines to generate electricity.

Bayview Poultry Farms currently has three of Southwest Windpower’s Skystream wind turbines installed, each of which at peak performance could generate enough power to supply 75 percent of the farm’s electrical demand. Read more »

The wind where you are: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also known as the “City of Five Seasons,” is the second largest city in Iowa and lies on both banks of the Cedar River. The city is home to nearly 126,400 residents, and is a flourishing center for arts and culture.

Cedar Ridge Vineyards, an award-winning winery located in Cedar Rapids, has turned to wind energy to supplement their energy needs. The Skystream 3.7, a personal wind turbine by Southwest Windpower, helps to power the family-owned winery and distillery. Read more »

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