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Wind energy subsidies: What’s in it for me?

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.

How would you feel if we told you that the government would help you pay to produce energy for your home? Sound like an offer that’s too good to be true? Well, it’s not! Read more »

Deconstructed: How wind turbines work

Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts.

On the Science Channel’s series "Deconstructed" scientists broke down how wind turbines use the power of the wind to generate energy. Check it out: Read more »

Power your iPhone with wind energy

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.

Why is it that our phones tend to run low on battery when we are furthest away from an electrical outlet? Enter, the iFan – an iPhone charger powered by the wind! Read more »

Check local regulations before installing a wind turbine

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.

If you are considering a renewable energy option for your home or property, keep in mind that not everyone has jumped on the energy-efficiency bandwagon. It’s important to do your research and make sure there are not any covenant restrictions for your neighborhood, or local government permit requirements that may prohibit the construction of towers and/or turbines. Read more »

Wind powers green living project in Kenya

In our series “In Action," the opportunities and benefits of personal wind turbines are shared through customer testimonials and regional case studies. Jane and Robert Jann have been building a model for sustainable living in Awendo, Kenya for several years. Along with food gardens and a home built using low-impact construction techniques, this site includes small-scale wind power to pump drinking water. The couple hopes that the site will serve as a case study for sustainable development and eventually supply UV-purified drinking water for people living in the area. Jane recently corresponded with Southwest Windpower about this project. Read more »

How much wind do you 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.

What’s the use of a wind turbine for your home without wind? Even if you live in a city know for its windy climate (i.e. the Windy City), it’s important to make sure that your turbine will have consistent wind to produce and supply energy. In order for your turbine to be most effective, the area you live in should have at least a 9 MPH or 4 meters per second average wind speed. You can find the general average wind speed for your area here. Read more »

Top 20 windiest cities in the U.S.

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. According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) the cities with the highest average wind speed are as follows (We wanted to pick a top ten, but Alaska takes home the award for the most cities with high wind speed, so we wanted to make sure others were recognized!): Read more »

How much wind energy does it take to power a lightbulb for a year?

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.

Check out this infographic that shows how much fuel (fossil or renewable) it takes to power a lightbulb for a year: Read more »

Choosing a site for wind power

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. When you are looking to build a house, start a business or even host a party—finding the perfect site is one of, if not the most important decisions. It is the same with finding a location for your personal wind turbine.

How to site Skystream 3.7 backyard wind turbine

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