Shoot the Breeze


Set sail with personal wind power

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.

Do you travel the high seas more than you stand on solid ground? Then you know first hand that off-grid, reliable power is essential to make life cruising, sailing or boating on the water as comfortable as on land. Our AIR Breeze model used alone can power lights, radios, computers, tools, appliances, autopilots, navigational devices, communications gear – pretty much all of life’s essentials on land or water. Read more »

How do I know if wind energy is right 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.

Is it windy enough where I am? What type of impact will I have on the environment? How much will I save on my electric bill? There are many questions that come up when thinking about buying a personal wind turbine at your home or business. Our Sitelook assessment tool takes you through a few easy steps to answer those questions: 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 »

In the news: Wind industry grows with more jobs, leadership, subsidies and cost reduction

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.

U.S. Wind Power Increasingly American-made (Creating U.S. Manufacturing Jobs)
CleanTechnica
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that wind power is growing fast in the United States (and worldwide). Under the Bush administration, a goal of getting 20% of our electricity from wind by 2030 was set and we are currently ahead of schedule on that. However, a lot of people wonder, where are these wind turbines being made? Is this creating jobs in the U.S. or in China? 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 »

The wind where you are: Lubbock, Texas

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.

Located in the northwest part of the Texas, Lubbock is known as the “Hub of the Plains” due to its central location in the southern plains and its establishment as the marketing center for the region. Read more »

In the news: Harnessing wind, jobs and top green ratings

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.

Earth's Next Generation
The Wall Street Journal
Using wind to generate power is not a new concept. The Babylonians were using wind to pump water to irrigate crops 4000 years ago. What is new, however, is the idea that wind can be harnessed in such a way that it can form a genuine alternative to fossil fuels. This dream is becoming closer to reality. Read more »

How do I purchase a personal 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.

Nationwide, our personal wind turbine models are available through our dealers.

If you live in the U.S. and on a grid connected property, the first step is to complete our Sitelook assessment to find out if wind is right for you and your area. 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 »

In the news: Green tech growth, support and challenges

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.

Renewable Sources Could Provide 77% of World’s Energy by 2050, Report Says
The New York Times
Renewable sources could provide a majority of the world’s energy supplies by 2050, but only if governments dramatically increase financial and political support for technologies like wind and solar power, experts from a United Nations panel said Monday. Read more »


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