Monday, April 02, 2007

A Nice Stiff Breeze, and a Nice Little Power Bill

The New York Times has a good article this morning on the residential wind power market: A Nice Stiff Breeze, and a Nice Little Power Bill:
Gus Sansone has not had to pay an electricity bill in five years, thanks to the 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts that whip past his house on the high desert of San Bernardino County, Calif.

Mr. Sansone owns the 80-foot wind turbine outside his home. And it generates enough energy not only for his swimming pool motor and hot tub, but also for the air-conditioning and other electricity in his 1,600-square-foot home. Since he bought the system, which cost $32,000, from the Bergey Windpower Company in Norman, Okla., he has watched 20 people in his Oak Hills community, about an hour east of Los Angeles, put up their own turbines.

“We’re saving barrels of oil and pollution,” said Mr. Sansone, 58, a retired engineer.
According to the Times article, the market for small wind turbines is growing 30 to 40 percent per year.