Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:
Devin Lavign wrote:I would highly suggest you look into combo off grid power. Solar and wind. If you have running water on your property add in micro hydro.
Solar is great but has draw backs. Adding wind and/or micro hydro helps fill those draw backs. Wind usually picks up on the cloudy days when there is no sun. Micro hydro never gives a lot of power but is a consistent constant power source, which you know can power X amount of appliances.
2nd is a big thing I see with people wanting to go off grid is not reducing power consumption first.
Hi Devin, I'm a little worried about wind. This article really made me consider that it might not be a good fit, despite that in the end it does actually advocate a hybrid system.
I don't really want a massive tower in my yard. What kind of wind system do you recommend for off-gridders doing a wind/solar hybrid?
Micro hydro is great but we don't have micro hydro.
Reducing power consumption first - bingo. Hence car dilemma.
Well I can tell you that article was not a very fair objective one. Not sure why they are so down on wind power, but looking at the wind generators they sell I see they don't have good high quality wind generators for home power use. You see the 3 blade wind generators are mostly used for marine use. People on boats or the coast where they get strong winds. For inland home power use you would want a 5-9 blade wind generator.
I would highly suggest you check out the wind generators at http://mwands.com/store/wind-turbine-products
and watch their wind generators for beginners video
These guys are great and really know what they are talking about. As well as completely willing to be honest and not over hype things. They cut through the BS and myths as well as the hype and outright lies.
As for wind generator towers, yes they can be a bit of an eye sore and issue but most residential wind generators don't need a huge tower. Yes higher up you put a wind generator more likely you will get good power. But then you also can't go too high or you will get loss running the power down the line. For smaller wind turbines (depending on the wind in your area) you don't need to go up too high. Maybe 30-60 ft or you might be able to do a roof mount. A lot depends on your location. How high are the trees around you, what sort of wind blocks are around, etc...
I would suggest you call or email Missouri Wind and Solar and discuss your needs with them. Even if you don't buy from them they are helpful and knowledgeable folks who will give you the right info about what is possible and needed.