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  •  Think small too (4.00)
    One beauty about wind (and solar) power production is that it is economical to produce power on a small scale. Years ago I lived comfortably off the grid with a few hundred watts of photovoltaic panels and a half dozen golf cart batteries for storage. Today, I'd do it again with a micro windmill a more storage and an intertie.

    The source book for all things small scale is the fantastic Home Power Magazine, the world wide authority on off the grid living.

    I'm not left or right. I'm ahead. Progressives for the future!

    by weirdscenes on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 08:14:35 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the link (none)
      A long time ago, I saw plans in a ham radio magazine (the first issue of Ham Radio Horizons, IIRC, not around anymore) back in 1977 for a small-scale portable windmill that could be built from scrap sheet metal & an alternator from a junk car.

      Even a 1KW unit (roughly the output of the unit in the magazine) would be sufficient to recharge a laptop, several cellphones, and run a couple of lights. In an era of tight energy (see some of Jerome's other diaries) replacing batteries every few years could become a problem though.

      Hatred is murder (1 John 3:15)

      by dirtroad on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 11:38:22 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, thanks for the link. (none)
      I've been looking for this sort of info.

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