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Old 11-26-2008 - Alternative power source - Wind Turbine Electric Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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My wife & I live on the water & we always have a wind of some speed. I was wondering if anyone has experience with roof mounted wind turbines. I know I'd need an electrician for the transfer switch install (not a problem, we work with several) but what are the things to look out for or to consider in installing such a system.
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My father owns a small convenient store in upstate NY along a mountain ridge that is populated by hundreds of utility wind turbines. (Google Maple ridge or Tug-hill for info) We looked into installing a private single user wind turbine system to take advantage of the same "lake effect" breeze and consulted several firms and companies specializing in this technology.

We came to the same conclusion as Marc. It really is only a "feel-good" technology at the single consumer level at this point in time. Not practical at all.
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Payback. Even a small scale wind tower has a payback period approaching 20 years. It's the people cobbling together something home brew who actually stand a chance of recouping their investment in a more reasonable period of time.
I have heard the same about the ROI on these alternative power sources, including turbine and solar.
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