Monday, June 22, 2009

Wind Power!

Last Tuesday saw the arrival and installation of our windmill, the Sunforce 44444 12-Volt 400-Watt Wind Generator
For the past 5 years our house has been powered by solar panels, with a back up gas generator. We thought a windmill would help during the winter (less sun hours and more windy days), and on windy nights, which would mean less use of the back up generator.

We contacted our friend, Lee Goggin. Lee is an alternative energy dealer/installer and he agreed to help us install the windmill. We knew he would have all the connections, wire etc that we would need, and figured his help would make it much easier than doing it by ourselves (just to make sure we did everything right!)

getting the windmill ready

We purchased the 30’ tower second-hand about 4 years ago, in anticipation of a windmill.

tower goes up

Lee supplied us with a control box, which has a circuit breaker, shut off, meter and lightening arrestor. This box was optional, but recommended for monitoring and maintenance- the windmill can be shut down with the flick of a switch.

Control Box

It took about 3 hours to completely install the windmill and get it connected to our battery bank. We were so excited, waiting for the wind to blow. It did blow a little bit, and we saw the props move. Once. The weather has been calm since!

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