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The Best Home Wind Turbines For Your Money

Nordex Wind Turbine

According to an article by the brilliant folks at Clean Technica, there are a few really great, well-made home wind turbines that would be best for your homestead. The article names five wind turbines, and extols each of their virtues in detail. We’ll sum up some of what they suggest, but be sure to hit up their site and read the entire article for all the info.

Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7 – The Skystream 3.7 is the first fully-integrated, grid-tied wind energy system designed for residential use. This “plug and play” turbine is an all-inclusive wind generator (with controls and inverter built in) designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds.
Cost*: $5399 (not including tower and installation materials)

Southwest Windpower Air X - The Air X is ideally designed for powering small appliances in off-grid installations, remote communications facilities, marine applications, and communities in the developing world.
Cost: $600

AeroVironment Architectural Wind – Architectural Wind is a small, modular wind turbine system designed for installation on buildings in urban and suburban areas.

Southwest Windpower Whisper 500 – The Whisper 500 can produce enough energy to power a small to moderately sized home. Formerly the Whisper 175, the Whisper 500 was completely redesigned in 2004 to work in harsh, high wind environments.
Cost: $7,095

Bergey Excel – The Bergey Excel is designed for high reliability, low maintenance, and automatic operation in adverse weather conditions. It is available in two configurations: battery charging and grid-tied.
Cost: $21,900-$27,900

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Franco Says:

    I have dealt with Southwest Windpower (SWWP) and can NOT recommend them. Even when offering to pay for repairs from the onset while asking questions, they were condescending, rude, arrogant and just not very helpful. And that’s all the way up to the Board of Directors (Andy Kruse).

    After actually using one of their in between 400 watt models (initial Air-X models) and tracking my neighbor’s Air-X land (2009 purchase), their product does not live up to its advertised claims for power in the wind speeds SWWP specify.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

  2. Brandon Says:

    I purchased a skystream over a year ago and it ran fine for a about 2 months until the inverter burnt up, I contacted swwp and was told they would not warranty it, the would not repair the inverter if I sent it in but only offered to sale me a new inverter at around $2000. The turbine is not all it is marketed to be, I have a friend that has a turbine as well, his turbine has produced at most in one month 230kwh. These things will be broke long before they ever pay for themselves, go solar if u really want to support renewable energy! Small scale wind will never make it if most of the companies act and do business like swwp!

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