BB. wrote: »
Also, your home appears to be a magnet for lightning--Wind Turbines obviously will really attract lightning and may not survive a hit either... May not be practical for your area even if you get good wind and find a reliable turbine.
Anybody here with wind turbine + lightning experience that can fill in the gaps of my knowledge?
ChasMtnMan wrote: »
To everybody interested in how Southwest Windpower handles warranty issues, please visit: http://b-d.ranch.tripod.com/twoskystream37installationsgonewrong/
Today they BLOCKED me from posting on their Facebook Page, even though everything I posted was absolutely truthful. Not only have the BLOCKED me, they have file a LAW SUIT against this 75 year old man living on S.S. and what savings I've accumulated in a lifetime. Believing what SWWP said on their website (www.windenergy.com), I decided to "Go Green" and save money on my electric bill as well as to help protect the environment. My initial authorized dealer screwed up, so SWWP's Tech folks took over and sent other dealers, a Master Dealer (3 times), and their TX Rep Jim Brannen, but none fixed the leveling issues and production issues with my 2 Skystreams. After each of them came to work on the turbines, I took videos of what they did after they left. Now the Company is using that as an EXCUSE to do nothing and to file a law suit against me. What a way to run a Company!! They could put an end to all of this by doing the right thing and giving me what I paid for OR to simply return my hard earned $30,000! Those who support me, let me hear from you. [email protected] ~Charles~
niel wrote: »
try to refocus a bit guys as this is about skystream and swwp here. feel free to start another thread comparing the other 2 wind turbine companies if you like.
Frango from Oz wrote: »
Hi. My first post.
Just found your great site. Just been duped by Hummer Wind generator Company. 48V 1KW and Sooo noisy and being fobbed off.
There are so many glowing reports out there but looking closely they are all from that company.
Had a 48V Air 403 and it would waken the dead in high winds.
Should have stuck with my 1938 Wincharger but it was 32V.
Have started to realize the need to look for a good brand but from this great forum now realize how much disappointment there is out there.
To Niel Moderator; do you have a forum page re noisy Hummers please?
BilljustBill wrote: »
Probably not what you want to hear....http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20073308-54/home-depots-latest-small-wind-deal/
What's the middle-man percentage is in selling them?
If there is a "good" side, maybe the clout Home Depot has with its size, and its legal team, they'll have to keep them honest.... Just think how much room they'll take up at the return desk.
ggunn wrote: »
It seems to me that small wind sales are largely driven by the unrealistic expectations of their customers.
Cariboocoot wrote: »
I'd say they're driven by the unrealistic claims of the manufacturers, which is where the customers get their unrealistic expectations from. :roll:
ggunn wrote: »
That is certainly a big part of it, but I have talked to a lot of folks at RE events who say they want to get a wind generator because "there's plenty of wind at my place". Really? Most folks have no idea what a 12-15mph wind feels like or how many hours per day they get it on their property. They walk out their front door and their hair gets blown around, so they think they have "plenty of wind". I advise these folks to buy a weather station and plot the available wind energy for AT LEAST a year before they even think about buying a wind generator, and after that, assuming that the numbers are favorable, they have to be very careful about what they spend their money on. Most folks don't take a long enough view for that. They want it now, and there are plenty of charlatans standing ready to take their money.
autoxsteve wrote: »
Excellent write up - you're doing good stuff the way you are approaching this!
I have wondered why wind turbine companies don't offer instrumentation tests for the perspective sites... put a weather kit at altitude of the prospective location (similar to the solar detector used to see how much light is falling on a perspective customer's roof).....