Wind-powering one's home typically means one of two things: buying into a pool of money that offsets the cost of running a wind farm -- that is to say, buying electrons that are probably generated by conventional means and blindly subsidizing the work required to build or run wind projects, which will (probably) feed "clean" electrons into the grid elsewhere -- or planting a huge, expensive and sometimes loud wind turbine on your property.
One entry in a Google-run contest would like to change that, according to the Seattle Times:
Imagine walking into a big-box retail store and grabbing a wind turbine off the shelf.
"For me, so many of these [wind] systems just aren't practical," Maglaque said, referring to expenses and inspections needed to install other wind devices. "I should be able to go down to Costco and pick one up by a big jar of mayonnaise."
I posted this here because I found the comments on this post to be very interesting:
The opposition to changing the status quo is, in my mind, ridiculous.
I can imagine the powers that be in the oil industry, or anyone with a financial interest in keeping the US on the oil powered path would do anything to discredit or spread disinformation
Go to Huffington Post to see the opposition to this small wind energy idea here
Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?
Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?
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