Wind Suits Us
Our Family Adventure with Wind Power
Like any construction project, prices can vary. Issues that affect price include the size and type of the system you choose, the height of the tower, how far the system is from your your structure, available grants and tax incentives, and local zoning and building regulations. A good rule of thumb is that a wind system costs as much as a new car. Some people buy economy cars and others buy Mercedes.
Midstate Renewable Energy Services planned and installed our system for us.
We have a Skystream 3.7 system on a 70' steel tower with four sets of guy wires. The blades are about six feet long and the total rotor sweep is twelve feet. It is rated at 2.4 kilowatts. For more information about the manufacturer and Skystream specifications visit Southwest Wind Power.
Each locality is different. We live in Sangamon County, Illinois. We needed a variance because our system did not fit within established zoning ordinances for small wind systems. After the variance was granted, we merely got the necessary permits and inspections necessary for a building project. We did not have to do any special studies or contact the FAA.
Actual construction took less than two weeks. It was spread over several months however, due to weather considerations, the need for concrete to cure, and scheduling.
No. Our system emits a "whooshing hum". (845kb mp3, recorded on our front porch, approximately 150 feet from the base of the tower.) On windy days the noise of the wind through the leaves on the trees drowns out the turbine noise. When the windows are closed we do not hear it at all. We have to look outside to see if the blades are spinning.
No. The unit will shut off when power from the commercial mains is interrupted. There are two main reasons for this:
So far the weather has not been good for wind power. But you can look at the raw data on our Wind Data page.
Absolutely, we are happy with our choices and would be delighted to share what we have learned. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact us if you would like see the turbine. We are happy to show it but it is difficult if people just drop by. I'm sure you understand.