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August 16, 2008 | | Comments 3

Residential Wind Turbine – Vertical

I am a big proponent of vertical axis wind turbines.  I believe they have more real world uses than, their ‘bigger is better’ horizontal cousins.  Across the windy plains of the Dakotas, or Texas, the large turbines will work fine.  When you have acres and acres of land that can be dedicated to generating electricity, or where farmers can lease their land, these behemoths make sense.  But what about the rest of us ? What about the more than 70% of us that live in and around towns, and cities?  We have neighbors, we have limited space and we have costs to consider.  I think vertical wils322_prodl be the only way to go.

This company has made substantial progress in the market place for both wind farms, commercial and residential installations. Helix Wind, www.helixwind.com .  Unlike my previous posts on early entrants into the vertical wind market, see http://mygreensuit.com/2007/09/10/vertical-wind-turbine/ .  Helix has built products that are quiet, efficient, and look good.  I could see this is a back yard, knowing that it was producing energy and helping our environment.

See their video

Look for costs to continue to come down, as lower cost materials are used and mass production starts.  Believe it or not the height required for most of these units in a residential setting, is 30 feet above the tallest trees in your surrounding area.  Clearly, many people could get away with a simple, lower cost installation and start going green.

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  1. i live in western kentucky, my question would have to be

    A) on an average day how much would i save, monthly, and yearly

    B) how dependable is this product against ice storms

    C) would it be reasonable to set up two or more

    D) also i hear about tax deduction and so on…how much money from that?

  2. Western kentucky is not considered an optimal area for wind power http://www.bergey.com/Maps/KY.Wind.htm – closer to the cumberland pass is better

    Good question on the ice storm readiness – I am in massachusetts, so I should look into this.

    Setting up more than one should be considered

    Tax rebates are both federal and state – I don’t know Kentucky’s policies. I have had solar and wind proposals done and they average 20% savings

  3. Nice work!

    I suggest considering a conical top to shelter the “blades” from rain, snow and ice. It will not be 100% effective, but even 75% shelter will allow the air itself to dry it faster to generate power. In addition, I suggest applying a non-stick coating or glazin on the “blades.”

    If the costs of this unit is not taxed, and if the power sold by the unit to the main grid is not taxed, it will catch on. Besides, if the there are rebates via an environmenal levy (to reflect the real cost of nuke, coal power) then the initial sting of this generator will not be felt much.

    Good luck! Go Green!

    Jayantha Jayman

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