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Posted By Emily Pilloton On January 8, 2007 @ 5:50 am In Environment,Renewable Energy | 41 Comments

SkyStream Windmill 2 [1]

If you’re anything like me and find windmills both genius and oddly calming, the residential Skystream 3.7 [2] windmill by Southwest Windpower [3] may be the perfect addition to your backyard landscape. Available in 35-110 foot heights (determined by your site characteristics), this slim yet high-performance wind generator can produce 400 kilowatt hours of energy per month, up to 90% of an average household’s energy consumption. Skystream [4] works efficiently with your local utility grid, too, switching back to grid power when wind speeds drop below 8 miles per hour.

So what’s the fine print? Skystream [4], while intended for residential use, requires roughly an acre of land to function properly, and costs $8500 including installation of the 35-foot tower. Southwest Windpower [3] estimates the wind tower paying for itself in four to twelve years, depending on your energy consumption, weather patterns, and local utility rates.

+ SkyStream [4]
+ Southwest Windpower [3]

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[2] Skystream 3.7: http://

[3] Southwest Windpower: http://www.windenergy.com/index_wind.htm

[4] Skystream: http://www.skystreamenergy.com/skystream/

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