Skystream 3.7(TM) Uses New Technology to Help
Homeowners Take Control of Skyrocketing Energy Costs
With Clean, Renewable Energy
A new small residential wind generator from Southwest
Windpower will give homeowners a new weapon in the
fight against rising electricity costs. Skystream
3.7(TM) is the first fully integrated wind generator
designed specifically for the grid-connected residential
|"Skystream will change the way many Americans
power their homes and take control of their
energy costs, said Andrew Kruse, co-founder
of Southwest Windpower. Wind energy for the
individual homeowner is finally main-stream."
A combination of new technologies, developed in
collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, resulted in
a product that quietly produces electricity for
a fraction of the cost of current technologies.
Skystream's low cost and low profile provides homeowners
an affordable energy supplement that's appropriate
for installation in many residential areas around
the country. With no batteries, Skystream 3.7 connects
directly to the home to supply power. When the wind
is not blowing, the home is powered by the electric
utility. Depending on the local utility, excess
electricity can be sold back to the utility or used
at a later date.
Skystream will change the way many
Americans power their homes and take control of
their energy costs, said Andrew Kruse, co-founder
of Southwest Windpower. Wind energy for the individual
homeowner is finally main-stream.
With a typical
cost of $8,000 to $10,000 to purchase and install,
Skystream 3.7 can pay for itself in 5 to 12 years.
This payback period will vary and can be much quicker
in states with investment rebates. It's anticipated
that Skystream 3.7 will save the average homeowner
$500 to $800 per year, based on 4,800 to 6,600 kWh
produced per year and a $0.12/kWh cost of electricity.
This output would provide 40 to 90 percent of an
average home's energy needs. In states like Hawaii,
where the cost of energy and wind speeds are both
high, Skystream 3.7 can pay for itself in less than
4 years. This new technology is an important step
forward for small wind, said Robert Thresher, director
of NREL's National Wind Technology Center. As technology
becomes more efficient at harnessing energy at low
wind speeds, small-scale users will become more
and more able to take advantage of wind power.