Ohhhh, the secrets this man must have! I can't wait to part with $200 to learn what he knows. Oh, wait, I'll wait for you to part with your money & then you'll realize that we are so friendly here you'll want to come back & tell us all.... or at least offer the secrets to us for $100.
OK, enough sarcasm. I can save you $200. Obviously his only secret is to tell you that if you look long enough & scrounge hard enough you can find stuff for free. If you're truly interested, use your money to buy some legitimate books. You can find batteries that still have life left in them, you can (occasionally) find solar panels for cheap that are broken or near the end of their life that can be made to work, and you can build your own wind generator for not too much money.
Hugh Piggot, inexpensive home made wind turbines: http://www.scoraigwind.com/
Breezy 5.5 (what I own) I have $7,500 in my machine and tower. It is a very capable machine, I just need more wind. My record day is 30 KWH. If it did that every day it would generate ALL my power. As it is it pays about 10% of my electric bill. Next yr, improvements to make it produce better in my location. (I'm #8 on the photo page) : http://www.prairieturbines.com/pictures.htm
Lot's of good info: http://www.otherpower.com
List of good starter books: http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wi ... ml#reading
gotta go,,,someone here... mabe more later...
Back! Someone just dropped off a Kubota...nice! (wish it were mine to keep) Solar: If it made sense you'd see electric companies doing it. They tried some yrs back in CA. It failed as too expensive. You are seeing wind power electric come on line. It CAN make sense, but needs proper "fuel". I highly reccomend before you spend a pile of money on a windmill that you do a one year wind study at the height of your proposed tower
. I hired a guy to do a study for me. I got poor information. He had all linds of fancy software & showed me how the topography & average winds were perfect! Then he tried to sell me a windmill. When I hired him I did not know he was a sales man. Ohhhh, well, my turbine is a wonderful hobby and now that it's here I still hope to get more out of it.I need to go higher and steel isn't cheap! I'll tell you, about the biggest thrill I've had in my life was the first time the tower went up. It lays full length on the ground & tilts up. Try putting 1,010 pounds on the end of a 60 foot stick and stand it up. Wooohooo! This year I'm hoping to change it to 80'.