Remember the Windspire? We wrote last April about the 30-foot-tall wind turbine that could generate 1 kW for a residential home. Well, now there’s talk of a bigger, 3 kW version that could generate 100% of the energy needed for your humble abode. The bigger version will allow a homeowner to see how much electricity the Windspire is generating. Despite the price tag of $7,000 (which really isn’t very expensive), there is a proposed $3,000 tax credit. Not bad! The smaller version runs $5,000, and is backordered for a few months, so apparently it is in demand. Here’s a short clip that has a glimpse of the Windspire spinning away and a little blip from the president of Mariah Power -- it at least lets you see the turbine working.
While residential wind turbines, especially relative monsters like this, aren't going to be popping up in neighborhoods anytime soon, I'm glad to see some advances being made in figuring out wind power for homes. The Windspire requires a fair amount of space for installation, so while it could potentially generate all the power one needs, it isn't practical for urban settings. Combining all the desired features in a residential wind turbine - small size, silence, efficiency - is a tall order. But...we're getting there.
written by Ron W., August 20, 2008
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