Cheap Wind Power
Small Wind Power is becoming more affordable.
Low end wind turbines are cheap wind
power options for individuals or small businesses. With the
increasing need to find
remedies to higher foreign energy prices, the United States is
pressuring manufacturers and offering tax grants and credits for
expansion of alternative energy markets. Cheap Wind
Power is at the top of the list, along with
solar, as an environmentally safe, yet affordable option.
Harnessing the wind is something that farmers and
ranchers have done for years to pump water and provide energy where
needed, in areas that are too remote for conventional
utilities. Now, wind power and solar power have become
options for individuals wanting to become more independent of high
utility costs and power blackouts.
While some inventive individuals have made DIY
wind turbines, using things like PVC pipe and generators,
other controllers, there are now kits available that have become more
affordable and are simpler in design for the average user.
The more comprehensive kits,
such as Skystream by
Southwest Windpower, normally run in the area of $8000 to $10,000
including the generator, and an additional $1000-$3000 for the tower
depending on the height needed at the location. Most of them
are simpler in design than previous models that needed inverters,
generators, controllers and other peripheral to operate.
They have now become affordable with a quicker
payback through utility savings and tax credits and can generate enough
power for a household. The Skystream system delivers power
around 9 cents per kilowatt hour, with a life span of 20 years.
There are some prototypes from different sources
that have made wind turbines from junkyard parts and produced 350 watts
of power for less than a dollar per watt, at a cost of under $300; one
of these is Blue Max. Some of the DIY ideas are on the
Internet, and can be made from parts that are easily found.
In fact, there are some that are having a contest for the best
developed, for the least amount of money.
Air Breeze Land Wind Turbine - $ 604.00
A small wind turbine from Sunforce is readily
available in the United States for $800 with free shipping, that has
two moving parts and installation is fairly simple. It is
capable of generating 400 watts or 27 amps. It is ideal for
powering small cottages, with 12 volt battery charging, remote power,
back-up power and carbon fiber blades that are quiet during operation.
The Windbelt is a taut membrane fitted with a pair
of magnets the oscillate between two coils and can generate 40
milliwatts in 10 mpg winds, which is 10 to 30 times more efficient than
micro turbines. It is expected to cost a few dollars and the
target market is families in Haiti and other third world countries, to
light homes, versus kerosene lamps. It uses technology that
harnesses the wind through different principles than wind turbines, but
is used as an example of how cheap wind power can revolutionize the
world, including third world countries.
Clearly, affordable wind power is part of the
answer to energy independence, on a large and small scale
basis. It has been used by ranchers and farmers since 1870 to
pump water through windmills, and is a clean and affordable way to move
us into alternative energy sources.
As technology has advanced and wind power options
have become affordable for the average person, cheap wind power is
something that can be easily attained whether on an individual basis or
a large scale basis, with the new kits available in a number of price
ranges and output options.
Some of the leading manufacturers offer affordable
options in varying design, from Mariah Power that has a $4000 vertical
wind turbine that produces 1kW of power and stands only 30 feet tall,
the Skystream system over $10,000, or a system like Blue Max or
Sunforce that costs a few hundred dollars and is consider a micro
Affordable wind power is within reach for the
average household and a great way to help the environment and save on
your utility bills.
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