Be a Part of the Wind Energy Revolution!
As we watch our energy bills continue to rise and our weekly gasoline costs ever increasing, our living costs seem to be continually rising through no fault of our own. If you are one of the millions around the world now considering how to take back control, a personal Vertical Access Wind Turbine may be right for you.
- Are you wondering if it is possible to turn the gusty, ever-changing wind around your property into electricity which will reduce your carbon foot print as well as your reliance on the local utility?
- Do you want to make a statement of your values?
- Do you want to be able to answer your child's question about what you are doing to protect their future?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a wind energy system is for you!
Wind Energy. Wind Turbine. Wind Generator.
What picture comes to mind when you see or hear these words? Most people think of the 300 Foot tall airplane propellers towers on the eastern slopes of the Cascades or in the Columbia River Gorge.
Small Wind Energy systems for residential and small commercial application come in many sizes and styles, are virtually silent - most produce less than 35db at full rotation speed - and can be very cost effective IF your home or business is where the wind blows.
Small Wind Systems are available in both Horizontal and Vertical Axis configuration, and in sizes from a Horizontal 300 watt Marine/RV Battery Charger unit that is 38" in diameter, to a 10 KW Horizontal with a 14' diameter, to a 10 KW Vertical Axis model that is 6' in diameter and 10' tall.
Typically, Horizontal models (the propeller type) need to be mounted on towers, with the turbine unit 20 Ft. above surrounding obstructions - due to Wind Sheer and turbulence concerns. This can make them impractical to impossible in Urbane Environments, as most cities have zoning rules with height restrictions that preclude installing a tower.
A New Era in Wind Technology
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) Systems are not effected by wind sheer or turbulence, so they can be mounted close to the ground or directly on building roofs. This makes them an excellent choice in Urban areas.
With the development of new VAWT technology, wind turbines are poised to change the face of green energy by providing consumers with affordable, efficient and low maintenance small-wind powered generation systems. The VAWT utilizes innovative technology to operate in winds as light as 6 mph with a unique, silent braking system that prevents its turbine from rotating at excess speeds, thus reducing the noise and vibrations that are traditionally associated with wind turbines.
Best of all, today's vertical wind turbines, whether mounted on the roof or on a modern tower, can provide from 1600 to 6000 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity per year. This enables the consumer to become more energy independent, save money on their utility bills and reduced their personal carbon footprints by harvesting the free, abundant, nonpolluting energy provided by the wind. For every kilowatt hour of wind energy electricity produced you will be saving 1.5 pounds of Co2 emissions.
Small Wind Energy Systems provide a great supplement to Solar PV systems in the Pacific Northwest due to the fact that when the sun is not shining, it's because we are having a storm - the wind is blowing!