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WhereRWe?
06-25-2008, 10:31 AM
We had an interesting yet divergent discussion on wind power recently in a thread about outdoor wood boilers. I've always been interested in alternative power, and just found a bunch of photos of wind power installations in Maine (http://www.aerisalternative.com/SkyStream-Instalations.htm) that I though others might be interested in.

(There were some exceptionally great photos of holes in the ground!)

firefighterjake
06-25-2008, 11:58 AM
My Uncle put in a wind generator a year or so back . . . pretty neat to see it whizzing along on a windy day. I've never asked him if how much of a difference it has made in his electric bill though.

attroll
06-25-2008, 12:58 PM
I am definitely interested in this but the prices I have read about getting it installed have been more then I want to pay. From what I have heard you could buy two brand new cars for that price. Does anyone know any more about this or someone who has actually installed one and has the details on this?

Sudonim
06-25-2008, 01:47 PM
My take on windpower is that it's tough to recoup the expense. If you have a camp or other remote location where running power lines in is expensive, that's the place for windmills. Hopefully the expense will change in the future.

WhereRWe?
06-25-2008, 01:49 PM
I am definitely interested in this but the prices I have read about getting it installed have been more then I want to pay. From what I have heard you could buy two brand new cars for that price.

Sheesh! What kinda car you talking about? One of these (http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/)? LOL!

Actually, the total cost is between $11,000 and $15,000, depending on tower size, and the Maine legislature recently passed a law (LD349) that allows a $2,000 tax credit for wind generators (the $2,000 can be spread over 4 years tax liabilities if your tax assessment is less than $2,000).

I've also thought about buying an anemometer to put up in the field behind the house, just to see what wind I have here. Since I'm on the northwest side of a hill, I almost always have wind to some degree.

Speaking of wind power - we counted HUNDREDS of giant windmills in Spain.

Sudonim
06-25-2008, 01:50 PM
Sheesh! What kinda car you talking about? One of these (http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/)? LOL!

Actually, check out the price! $20000-26000 for a phone booth on wheels! You can buy a full sized sedan or pickup for less. (But you only have to fill the gas tank once on the smartcar:p )

brdad
06-25-2008, 02:12 PM
If only we could harness the hot air around here! :D

Ok, back on topic everyone....

Opalsns
06-25-2008, 02:44 PM
Everything in our home is Electric. We do have wood stove for heat , but run fans to circulate. An when it;s real cold, we use space haeaters. I think Wind power would be a good thing for us to look into.
Our Feb., March bills are 250.00, And average 150.00 the rest of the year.

WhereRWe?
06-25-2008, 02:56 PM
Actually, check out the price! $20000-26000 for a phone booth on wheels! You can buy a full sized sedan or pickup for less. (But you only have to fill the gas tank once on the smartcar:p )

Where did you get that price? The base price is $13,590 (http://www.edmunds.com/new/2008/smart/fortwo/100888153/prices.html). With ALL options, destination charge, etc., the price is only $17,000. Someone is getting a heck of a dealer markup! LOL!

(Back off, BRDAD. This is my thread. LOL!) :p:p

Sudonim
06-25-2008, 03:06 PM
I was quoting off your link, the eBay pricing.

Mainiac1957
06-25-2008, 03:20 PM
Says on that there web site that the Smart Pure model starts at under $12000.

WhereRWe?
06-25-2008, 04:18 PM
Says on that there web site that the Smart Pure model starts at under $12000.

Even better! LOL! We saw several of these in Europe. Can't believe people thought that they were appropriate on the autoroutes, where the speed limit is about 75 mph (but many drivers go a LOT faster}. I think the engine must be rated by ratpower instead of horsepower...

TRF
06-26-2008, 08:26 AM
Sheesh! What kinda car you talking about? One of these (http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/)? LOL!

Actually, the total cost is between $11,000 and $15,000, depending on tower size, and the Maine legislature recently passed a law (LD349) that allows a $2,000 tax credit for wind generators (the $2,000 can be spread over 4 years tax liabilities if your tax assessment is less than $2,000).

I've also thought about buying an anemometer to put up in the field behind the house, just to see what wind I have here. Since I'm on the northwest side of a hill, I almost always have wind to some degree.

Speaking of wind power - we counted HUNDREDS of giant windmills in Spain.


Nice...That legislation is new since I looked. Because of that legislation we have ordered and will be installing one. $2500.00 total tax credit plus a federal low interest load amortized at 1% and this system has a 7 year payback for us. Ours is going up in August...I'll keep those that are interested up to par. (We looked in February of 08 and the legislation was held up on appropriation, glad to see this has passed.. There is a US geological chart that has wind speeds calculated for just about everywhere,,,just google for it. We are going with the Whisper 800 as this system will supply more than half of our consumption.....:D:D

WhereRWe?
06-26-2008, 11:28 AM
We are going with the Whisper 800 as this system will supply more than half of our consumption.....:D:D

Sheesh! I Googled "Whisper 800", and all I got back was an aquarium filter! LOL!

Anyway, here's a picture of some of the windmills we saw in Spain:

firefighterjake
06-26-2008, 12:06 PM
Sheesh! I Googled "Whisper 800", and all I got back was an aquarium filter! LOL!

Anyway, here's a picture of some of the windmills we saw in Spain:

I believe TRF is actually using the Whisper 800 aquarium . . . this aquarium has little running treadmills (like the ones you see for hamsters) for the fish which generate the power by doing the treadmill. ;):D

Could be that TRF meant the Whisper 500 model??? Maybe?

TRF
06-26-2008, 01:11 PM
I believe TRF is actually using the Whisper 800 aquarium . . . this aquarium has little running treadmills (like the ones you see for hamsters) for the fish which generate the power by doing the treadmill. ;):D

Could be that TRF meant the Whisper 500 model??? Maybe?

Might be a newer model but this one generates, you guessed it, 800 KW....We are looking forward to getting it set up....

attroll
06-26-2008, 01:17 PM
Sheesh! I Googled "Whisper 800", and all I got back was an aquarium filter! LOL!

Anyway, here's a picture of some of the windmills we saw in Spain:
Shoot that is nothing. You should see the shoreline and hill side after going through the Straights of Gabralter. The whole hill side is littered with windmills. There must me hundreds of those windmills. You probably can not see it like you can from a boat. It covers miles of the hill side. I don't have any pictures to show because the x-wife has all my pictures :mad:.

WhereRWe?
06-26-2008, 03:06 PM
Shoot that is nothing. You should see the shoreline and hill side after going through the Straights of Gabralter. The whole hill side is littered with windmills. There must me hundreds of those windmills. You probably can not see it like you can from a boat. It covers miles of the hill side. I don't have any pictures to show because the x-wife has all my pictures :mad:.

Well, from the point where I took the picture, you could probably see about 100 windmills , but these were all I could get into the picture (I count about 30 here). You could see about this many at every direction you turned.

It is ALWAYS very windy in this area, and in fact, the nearby town of Tarifa, Spain is known as the "Wind Surfing Capitol of Europe (http://www.tarifa.net/site/html/wind/main_wind.html?lingua=02&percorso=3&livello=0)".