Saturday, August 26, 2006

Small Windmill for homes

A small, affordable wind turbine available for the first time this September promises to help homeowners fight the rising cost of energy.
The Skystream 3.7, a wind generator from Southwest Windpower in Flagstaff, Ariz., stands 35 to 100 feet tall — depending on the location — and costs about half that of conventional turbines currently available.

Southwest Windpower is planning to mass produce the Skystream and sell it for between $10,000 to $12,000 installed, about half the cost of similar size turbines, which are typically assembled by hand on a much smaller scale.
According to the developers, the system could save the average homeowner $500 to $800 per year on electricity.

Depending on the available wind, the turbine could provide 40 to 90 percent of an average home's energy needs.
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