Shoot the Breeze


Baja and the Breeze Part III: Blessings in disguise

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.

When traveling abroad my wife and I live by the doctrine that while every place has danger, in general people everywhere are good. This sentiment was clearly not shared by our friends and family upon their learning of our intentions to travel overland in Mexico for two and a half weeks. My grandfather made a lingering moaning sound in a minor key. My mother-in-law made a grim face while sliding her finger across her throat. My neighbor suggested I build a flamethrower.

“Are you bringing a gun?”
“You’ll probably need about $100 per day for bribes.”
“I heard they will kidnap and torture you.”
“My brother’s friend’s uncle knew a guy who saw a van that had been shot over a thousand times.”
“If someone tells you to stop, just run over them.”

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Wind turbine success stories

How do I know if wind is right for me? Have other people in my situation and location been successful in installation and payback?

Check out the “In Action” section of our blog to read just a few of our wind energy success stories from diverse sites, geographic locations and customer needs.

To determine if your specific electricity needs can be met, take our Sitelook assessment and find out if wind is right for you

Troubleshooting Skyview 2.0 for Skystream 3.7

We occasionally hear from Skystream owners who are having difficulty installing the Skyview 2.0 software on their computers. Therese Umholtz, our senior technical advisor, explains how to troubleshoot installation in the video below:

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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 »

The wind where you are: Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne, Wyo., also known as the “Magic City of the Plains,” is located in the southeastern corner of the state. The city is home to 60,000 residents many of whom serve the U.S. military at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

Cheyenne is most well known for its annual Cheyenne Frontier Days, the largest outdoor rodeo in the nation. This year the show will be held July 22-31. Southwest Windpower is excited to attend and exhibit at the show! Look for our outdoor booth all week and listen for us on 104.9 KRRR Saturday, July 23. Read more »

In the news: Smart grid, tech and local initiatives boost wind industry

In this week’s news, we noticed new projections for global wind by Pike Research, while smart grid technology took the focus of the Department of Energy (DOE). Here are our top five picks of the week for renewable energy news. Read more »

Wind turbines in your community

Cleaner air. A greener future. Lower utility bills. Helping achieve energy independence. With so many benefits for all of us in increasing the world’s use of renewable, non-polluting energy sources, more and more local governments are setting examples for their communities by installing wind turbines at schools and public buildings.

Using wind energy attracts businesses and residents who want to be part of a green community that’s doing its part to move toward energy independence and sets a good example for others to follow. 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 »

Off to the rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Southwest Windpower will head out to Cheyenne, Wyo. to exhibit at the nation’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (CFD), from July 22-31. We’ll give visitors an up-close look at the world’s best selling battery charging wind turbine – Air– as well as our award-winning Skystream 3.7 grid connected personal wind turbine.

This area is great for harnessing wind energy. With nearly 200,000 typical attendees, we’re thrilled to show the community and individuals across the nation, how personal wind turbines can provide an affordable solution to help reduce their electricity bills and impact on the environment. Read more »

Net metering: Saving on electricity by selling it back

When your wind turbine is supplementing the power that you receive from the local utility, you may have the opportunity to take advantage of net metering. What is net metering? The program allows you to offset your electric bill by selling electricity back to your utility when your personal wind turbine produces more energy than is needed. Read more »


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