The Top 3 Residential Vertical Wind Turbines for 2013

flying17footWay back in 2009 we compiled a list of the top 3 residential vertical wind turbines which still to this day is one of the most popular posts on residential wind power. Four long years have passed since the initial post and we thought it only right that we update the information with the latest in residential vertical wind turbines for home use.

Traditionally when a wind turbine has been installed for home use most people have opted for the horizontal wind turbine – that is a three or four blade fan mounted on a horizontal axis to power their house. Vertical wind turbines which are otherwise known as a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) are becoming more common place in residential installations, and here are just a few reasons why:

Vertical Wind Turbine Benefits:

Unlike a horizontal wind turbine a vertical wind turbine does not have to be pointed into the wind to produce power. Being that the turbine is mounted on a vertical axis means that the blades will always be facing into the wind.

A vertical wind turbine does not require the gearbox and generator to be mounted high on the tower which means that the assembly can be mounted close to or on the ground which makes for easier access and maintenance.

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Time is right to explore alternative home power and residential wind power


Residential Wind Power Demand Tripled in 1 Year

Residential Wind Power Demand Tripled in 1 Year

Making your own energy is finally a realistic goal for the average American homeowner. You can use sun, wind, the warmth of the ground or even water.

Nationally, alternative home energy still faces frequent opposition and skepticism. For example, major power utilities in Arizona and elsewhere, worried about revenue loss, are urging governments to end “net-metering” agreements. Net-metering allows customers with solar panels to spin their electric meters backward and sell solar-generated power back to utility companies for credit.

In the Northwest, the political and regulatory climate for renewable energy seems more favorable. In July, Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission changed its rules to make permitting, financing and insurance arrangements easier for homeowners who install solar panels and other alternative-energy systems.

State and local regulations for home alternative energy can still be a challenge to navigate. Start early when checking regulations, especially for less common types of systems.

Many government and utility-company financial incentives and rebates are available in Washington state. Search the federal Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency ( for listings.

Here’s a bright, brisk, warm and wet review of the most popular options:

Solar. For most Western Washington homeowners, energy from the sun is currently the most practical, financially feasible form of alternative home power.

Solar options have brightened considerably in recent years, as solar installers gain experience and manufacturers improve their products. The state offers a financial incentive when you buy specified types of home-energy equipment made in Washington, such as solar modules from Silicon Energy in Marysville or Itek Energy in Bellingham.

For best deals on solar, look into neighborhood programs that reduce costs through bulk purchases of solar panels and installation.

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More Americans putting wind turbines near homes, farms and businesses

US-wind-power-coming-closer-to-homeAmericans are increasingly installing wind turbines near homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, a Department of Energy lab is reporting.

The department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has issued the first comprehensive analysis on a growing field called distributed wind, which involves generating wind energy close to where it will be used instead of purchasing power from large, centralized wind farms.

“The public often pictures large wind projects with long rows of turbines when they think of wind power,” report lead author Alice Orrell, an energy analyst at the laboratory, said. “But this report provides detailed data that shows this image is incomplete. Many of the nation’s turbines are for distributed, not centralized, wind projects.”

Distributed wind can range from a small, solitary turbine in someone’s backyard to several large turbines that power a manufacturing facility or a neighborhood, the researchers said.

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