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This is a list of some of the most important GBA articles on residential wind turbines.

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  • Musings of an Energy Nerd

    Backyard Wind Turbines

    Manufacturers of small wind turbines are enjoying a boom. Fascinated by the idea of generating their own electricity, many rural homeowners have invested thousands of dollars — sometimes tens of thousands of dollars — in a backyard wind generator.

  • Musings of an Energy Nerd

    Resisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines

    Wind turbines have a hypnotic allure. The Siren call of carbon-neutral electricity has [no-glossary]led[/no-glossary] many environmentalists to dream of owning a backyard wind turbine. Unfortunately, small wind turbines, unlike utility-scale wind turbines, are rarely cost-effective, even when installed at a good site. Installed at an average site, a wind turbine is little more than an expensive toy.

  • Green Basics

    Residential Wind Power

    At the Right Site, Wind Is Cheaper than Photovoltaic

  • Green Building News

    New York Utility Offers Residential Wind Incentives

    Utility Will Pay Up to 60% of the Installed Cost of a Backyard Wind System UNIONDALE, NY — A New York electric utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is offering generous incentives to homeowners who install backyard wind turbines. LIPA will pay the lesser of either 60% of the total installed cost of a wind turbine or $3.50 per kWh for the first 16,000 kWh of electricity produced ($56,000).

  • Musings of an Energy Nerd

    Utility-Scale Wind Turbines

    I live in Wheelock, Vermont, a town with 598 residents. Our town is so small that we have neither a post office nor a zip code. To get my mail, I have to travel two miles to the post office in Sheffield, our larger neighbor. (Sheffield has a population of 704.) There’s a $90 million construction project underway in Sheffield this summer. In its entire 200-year history, the sleepy town has never seen anything like this.


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