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.
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.
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.