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Thread: Windpower in Maine

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    Default Windpower in Maine

    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 that I though others might be interested in.

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

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    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.
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    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?
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    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? 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    Sheesh! What kinda car you talking about? One of these? 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 )

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    If only we could harness the hot air around here!

    Ok, back on topic everyone....
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudonim View Post
    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 )
    Where did you get that price? The base price is $13,590. 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!)

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    I was quoting off your link, the eBay pricing.

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