Residential Wind Power

At the Right Site, Wind Is Cheaper than Photovoltaic

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Wind can provide a sizable portion of energy needs

As a rule of thumb, a building site should have an average wind speed of 10 mph to make the installation of a turbine worthwhile. At wind speeds much below this the turbine cuts out and no power is generated.

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a map showing average wind speeds that can be useful in calculating the potential of a site.

Wind conditions are highly localized. Especially hilly areas may require site-specific data collection to make sure it’s not ...

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Wed, 08/15/2012 - 17:29

new technology yields new results with turbine design
by William Janhonen

I did not see any mention of the Honeywell BTPS Wind turbine. This turbine is a small wind driven generator that switches the power to the blade tips and therefore can start generating energy at 3-4mph of wind speed. The wind speed in a Class 4 wind is plenty and it does not need to be higher than 35 ft. You can see the information on this turbine by going to: to view information about this new technology. It is different from any typical wind turbine without the negatives. Noise is 35 db at 10 feet away and no vibration because there are no gears.

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