WIND forum: Windmills for residential uses

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ImageAguane
Apr 23, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
There are quite a few companies that provide windmill products for residential uses. I found this one in Flagstaff Arizona, Southwest Windpower. They do business in EMEA, too. Their products include windmills for residential (off-grid or utility connected), marine, schools, businesses. I hadn't thought about wind power collection on a marine vessel but that sure makes good sense!

http://www.windenergy.com/contact-us
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ImageRidesredmule
Apr 26, 2011 11:21 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Here is link some of you may be interested in. I used to work here. they make Electrical Distribution switches (love to say that!) Hope you enjoy the link. I'm retired now but do hope you enjoy!!!
http://www.southernstatesllc.com/
Charleen and Charley too!!!!
We love you all!!!!
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ImageAguane
Apr 26, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
My! Thanks, Charleen.
This IS eye-opening. I mean I wouldn't have known about capacitators and switches, these things needed to manage the power flow. Very technical for my non-engineering kind of brain.

Is it typically windy in your part of the country? I ask because I've read that while wind can be converted to energy/power you NEED it to create the power. In some regions it's not reliable as a constant provider so solar or hydro may be more relied upon. I guess storage of the power is important but it needs to be windy enough to work.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageRidesredmule
Apr 26, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I haven't seen any around here but I will try to remember to ask Robert, My husband if there are any around. I guess I can phone Mr. Raj and ask him. Very nice man, president of the company and so very smart.
Imagephicks
May 1, 2011 7:28 PM CST
Name: Paul Hicks
Florida
back in the early 1900s all the big farms used windmills to make electric for there homes before the big companys gobbled every thing up paul
ImageAguane
May 2, 2011 10:22 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Ouch. So now the big farms have to buy their electricity from a large utility. Big fish eat little fish. Hopefully the farmers who sold out to the utility got some good $$$ in the process.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageRidesredmule
May 2, 2011 1:20 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
There are a few smaller places that DO sell to the larger places I have heard...
ImageAguane
May 2, 2011 1:44 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Yes, private companies or entities do sell their wind generated electricity back to the larger utilities. Here's a simple article based on the Tehachapi Pass in CA windmills. I read, too, that an electrical utility such as Southern California Edison, must purchase a certain amount of electricity from the wind farms.

http://www.presscom.com/windfarms.shtml
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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Steve812
May 4, 2011 5:50 PM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ
I think a number of states have programs aimed at getting utilities to make or buy power from sustainable sources. I think AZ is one state. And I think that is why APS and other electrical utilities reimburse for some of these.

There's lots of wind where I live, but I'm not sure the city allows wind power generators here. I wonder if I should consider a wind farm, though. Maybe I could buy a small ranch and plant windmills.

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