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    dr.young,
    if i moved to new jersey i might be able to afford 1000sq/ft om 1/4 acre.i dont think they would let me put a windmill on that lot.lol
    i havent given up though the local dealer says the new model may produce twice the electricity for a little more money(been waiting 2 years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim sampson View Post
    dr.young,
    if i moved to new jersey i might be able to afford 1000sq/ft om 1/4 acre.i dont think they would let me put a windmill on that lot.lol
    i havent given up though the local dealer says the new model may produce twice the electricity for a little more money(been waiting 2 years)
    Haha. Maybe we can move New Jersey to you. Yes, new technologies are coming out that will dramatically increase efficiency and lower costs for wind power generation.

    For example, I wonder what is happening with Terra Moya Aqua Inc. (TMA) that announced its vertical axis wind turbine in 2005. That was 5 years ago.
    http://pesn.com/2005/11/07/9600201_TMA_vertical_axis/ Or, in 2007, there was a story about the microwind generator that is 30 times more efficient than propeller generators http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1052/.

    I just did a google search for vertical axis wind turbines and found:

    GUS (Green Utility System) vertical turbines (many models/prices) are completely silent, low wind cut-in speeds, safe in extremely high winds, bird/bat friendly, withstand ALL weather conditions (ice, snow, sand, etc.), virtually maintenance free and built to last a lifetime! Perfect for roof top or pole installation. GUS vertical turbines produce up to 50% MORE electricity on an annual basis versus conventional turbines with the same swept area! Only GUS vertical turbines are stunning AND are bird/bat friendly!! Many models/prices to choose! Custom colors too!
    apparently for only $4800 for 1000 watts http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/WildN...d_Bat_Friendly

    The GUS T-1 is $9,562 and can put out 3000 watts.
    The GUS 5 is $23,500 and has 5000 watts capacity.
    The GUS 10 is $36,000 for commercial applications.
    They also offer hybrid wind/solar
    http://www.ap-solar.com/VERTICAL_PRICES%202009-07F.html

    I don't know how good these turbines are but they sure do look cool. According to http://eduhosting.org/windpics/wgcomp.html, wind power is much cheaper than solar power if you do it yourself, costing only $25/month for a 10-year payoff to produce 500 kwh/month with an average wind speed of 11 knots if you do it yourself. It costs five times as much if you have a professional do it for you.

    The Skystream 3.7 generates peak 2.6 kW at 12 mph wind and average of 400 kw/month.

    The Skystream 3.7 is the first fully-integrated, grid-tied wind energy system designed for residential use. This “plug and play” turbine is an all-inclusive wind generator (with controls and inverter built in) designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds. Unlike many other turbines, the Skystream 3.7 will turn downwind because it has no tail rudder to keep it facing into the wind.

    Cost*: $5399 (not including tower and installation materials)
    Rated Capacity: 1.9 kW continuous
    http://www.skystreamenergy.com/

    Wise.

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    dr.young,
    the skystream is the one that is sold locally.i am going to need a 70 ft. tower to get safely over the trees and about 210 ft of cable.i chose to go with the grid tie system instead of the battery back-up system.the gus system you showed looks alot more rugged than the vertical systems i have seen at shows(the vertical systems shtick was always roof mounting)i will look into it.the best way to go is to try to eliminate your own bill with a little left over capacity.utility reimbursements for energy are minimal.

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    I know this thread is about wind energy. But it's good to remember if saving money is the primary goal, then conservation is much more cost-effective than buying a turbine or photovoltaic panel. Getting an energy audit, including a pressure test, and implementing its recommendations can pay for itself in a few years depending on how leaky your house is. Solar water heating is also a very cost-effective improvement.

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    Windmills are a great solution for energy needs.

    But the birds don't learn until it's too late.

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