Small wind turbines utilize wind energy to turn a generator which produces usable electricity. The electricity can be generated for residential or business purposes and is clean and renewable so it contributes greatly to reduced carbon emissions.
Green Point is an installer of the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine manufactured by Southwest Windpower. The Skystream 3.7 is advertised as the first all-inclusive wind generator (with controls and inverters built in) and is designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds. It is recommended that the site on which it is installed have an average annual wind speed of at least 9 mph and, ideally, be placed 20 feet above any object in a 250 foot radius. Areas of North Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina have annual average wind speeds in excess of 9 mph which make these areas ideal candidates for wind energy. Please click here to look up the average annual wind speed for your area. Tower sizes of 33, 45, and 60 feet can be purchased, with the installation cost dependent on the tower and the conditions of the site.
The Skystream 3.7 is rated at 2.4kW and is extremely quiet because it operates at a low RPM. Its energy output can even be monitored wirelessly! To give you an idea of how much energy can be generated monthly by one turbine, please take a look at the graph below:
The Skystream provides anywhere from 40-90% of the total energy needs for a home or small business, depending of course on the home or business’s total energy consumption. On average, most homes use around 1000 kWh per month so 1 turbine will typically supplement a portion of the energy needs of the home. The Skystream 3.7 is also utility connected, so in the event that the Skystream 3.7 is ever generating more energy than the home is using then that extra energy can be pumped back into the grid and a credit is applied to the owner’s energy bill. For a credit to be applied, the owner must live in a net metering state. Georgia and North Carolina are both net metering states. Please click here or check with your utility company for more information.
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