A Windmill in every backyard—the future is now!

Skystream 3.7 Home Wind TurbineSkystream 3.7 Home Wind Turbine

As gas prices increase, oil prices skyrocket and the general cost of powering our overpowered lives heads northward, along comes a solution that has dotted the landscape of the world for eons — wind power.

So we’ve all heard the benefits of solar power. We’ve seen the photos of the great wind farms out in the middle of nowhere. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to make a small, affordable wind turbine available to everyday homeowners.

SkystreamSkystreamThis September, the Skystream 3.7 wind generator from Southwest Windpower in Flagstaff, Arizona will be available to you and me. It stands between 35 to 100 feet tall and costs about half of what conventional turbines cost. So if you want one, you’ll be shelling out about $10,000-$20,000 installed. In turn, the developers say the average home should between $500 and $800 a year.

Now, I know what you’re saying. $800 a year means it would take 15 years to pay for itself. But if you somehow use less energy than the turbine produces, your meter would actually spin backwards giving you credit to use another day. Not bad, right? And of course, the way the world is going, that $800 a year could be $5000 real soon.

There’s also a bunch of other innovations that make this particular wind turbine cool. Like it doesn’t need wires to stabilize it like most wind turbines. Therefore, it takes up less ground space and looks cleaner. Of course, it also needs to stand 20 feet taller than the tallest object in a 500 ft perimeter. So this thing might not be cut out for suburbia.

Anyway, one thing’s for sure. We need some alternatives to oil/gas and we need it fast. Sure, the US has one of the world’s largest coal supplies in the world – enough to power the US for something like a thousand years. And sure, if someone got their act together they could figure out a way to make coal less destructive to our environment. But hey, that’s another story for another day.

If you want to read more about how you can be the first in your neighborhood to own a 100ft wind turbine that high school kids from miles away will dare each other to climb — just click here to shoot over to discoverynews.com.

And if you like this story, you’d probably want to check out the story of Stanley Meyers—the guy that invented a car that runs on water, that the government was "interested" in working with, an arab oil company offered a billion dollars to shelf the idea and who mysteriously died by clicking here.

Or read about possibly the most amazing hydrogen (water) based invention ever! A water based power source that could replace gasoline and that one large automaker is already looking at as well as the US Army. Click here to watch the video!

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Sep 1, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Pretty cool stuff.

Wouldn't it be great if every town had its own mini-wind farm that helped subsitize the school electricity bill or even the towns electricity during emergency situations?

Don't know if it is possible, but it would be cool.

Sep 2, 2006
by Michelle
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I agree. It is a small step

I agree. It is a small step but one of the many we as a society should take. It would be cool if each small community could be more self sufficient.

Dec 14, 2007
by Yomar Perunkie (not verified)

Go For It!

Let's make this happen!

Dec 14, 2007
by Sheila Rodnespeiol (not verified)


I really believe that this could be possible. People just don't consider it to be a possibility. Publicize windmill power!