How does it work?


Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts.
Why the Skystream Hybrid 6 rocks [video]

Combined output of 3.8 kW delivers up to 700 kWh per month*

It may seem like wind energy and solar power are individual methods to produce energy. Aside from common misconceptions that you can either use only one or the other, the notion is entirely false. In fact, with energy being produced from both renewable sources, the more energy you have as an end result. Plus, when the sun sets, the wind blows. It is the best of both worlds. Read more »

Wind turbine certification and why you should care

Everything you need to know about Southwest Windpower’s product certifications Read more »

Skystream 3.7® wind turbines power microgrid, sustains remote village

An update from Perryville, AK Read more »

Dealer Training: Wrapping Up

An inside look to our Dealer Training course Read more »

Facts, figures and everything in between

An inside look of our Dealer Traning Course

Day four of the March 2012 Dealer Training was a gambit of information. Ross Taylor, training manager for Southwest Windpower instructed his students on how to correctly install a Skystream 3.7™, the electrical considerations to do so, as well as the precautions on how to use a hybrid system off-grid using battery charging installations. Read more »

Raising a Skystream 3.7™? No problem

An inside look of our Dealer Training Course

With the sun shining high against a cloudless blue sky Wednesday, the students of Southwest Windpower's Dealer Training class were energized and eager to combine classroom knowledge with hands-on experience. Trenching in snow and mud, Ross Taylor, training manager, lead the class off-campus to disassemble and re-assemble an existing Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7™ installation at a local site. Read more »

Wind 101: wind theory, evaluation and siting

An inside look of our Dealer Training Course Read more »

Into the Wind: How a wind turbine captures optimal wind energy

In order for a personal wind turbine to capture optimal wind energy it must be able to always face the wind dead on. The yaw, or yaw drive, is a component of a horizontal axis wind turbine that allows the turbine to continually pivot into the wind.

The video below shows our Skystream model turning to adjust to the direction of the wind thanks to the yaw:
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Net metering: Saving on electricity by selling it back

When your wind turbine is supplementing the power that you receive from the local utility, you may have the opportunity to take advantage of net metering. What is net metering? The program allows you to offset your electric bill by selling electricity back to your utility when your personal wind turbine produces more energy than is needed. Read more »

How to measure wind speed

Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts. Read more »