Wind Power Update – November 3, 2008

November 3, 2008 at 8:49 pm 1 comment

On the night before the national election what better subject to talk about the wind….Certainly if we harnessed all of the energy put forth by all of the speeches given just over the last month, well just imagine!

Seriously, there continue to be advancements in wind power technology as is certainly evidenced by the Swift Wind Turbine (http://www.swiftwindturbine.com/).  This micro sized wind turbine may be just the thing for your home or business.  Ecogeek.org (http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/2252/86/) wrote a good article on this device and unfortunately like him I am in a class 1 wind potential area.  On the Swift website there is an option to find out what the potential payback might be for your location.

However if you are industrious enough you can get in to wind power much cheaper than the some other options by building your own wind turbine. Ecofriend.org (http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-diys-vertical-axis-wind-turbine-made-from-pvc-pipes/) has discovered a great DYI on the Instructable.com website (http://www.instructables.com/id/V8_4quot_vawtsavoniusvertical_axiswind_turbin/).

I am very proud also tonight of a group of protesters who are taking on Pacific Gas and Electric over a ballot proposition that makes it easier to install alternative energy equipment in the San Fransisco area.  A great photo set can be found here: http://planetsave.com/blog/2008/10/29/prop-h-protesters-construct-wind-turbines-at-pge-offices/ where they are setting up wind turbines in front of the PG&E offices.

Lastly I want to remind all of you that Congress did include a $4000 investment tax credit on the omnibus bank bailout for qualified small wind turbines.  A good write up of the possibilities is to be found here on ecopolitology.org (http://ecopolitology.org/2008/10/22/congress-passes-new-small-wind-tax-credit/).

As always I thank you for your time and interest. Please take the time to Digg, Stumble Upon or add to the other social network of your choice to help me spread the word about these issues. Please forward any questions or suggestions to: askthefm@gmail.com

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Drew Stevenson  |  November 19, 2008 at 9:58 am

    All I can say is, exactly!

    There are many alternatives for creating your own wind power at home, and these are alternatives that everyone should look into.

    Reply

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