One month after the adoption of federal tax credits to propel small wind energy growth in the United States, GE Energy announced plans to join current investors to provide $10 million to the world’s largest manufacturer of small wind turbines, Southwest Windpower. Southwest Windpower, a designer and producer of small wind turbines up to 3 kW, will use this new funding to accelerate its growth in new markets and products.
One of the company's core products is Skystream, a residential-scale wind generator that produces electricity up to 60 percent cheaper than retail electricity, bringing renewable energy options to residential consumers and commercial outlets. Skystream’s unique plug-and-play design allows the user to connect directly to the electric grid. For a residential home, Skystream can provide anywhere from 40 percent to 90 percent of a home’s electricity, depending on their consumption and wind resource. Southwest Windpower is also developing new applications for the Skystream system, including commercial uses such as powering light poles for parking lots or municipalities and multiple unit installations for remote electrification. Real wind freaks can see this residential wind turbine in action by watching this YouTube video.
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