Wind power and hype
"Wind power has been in the news a lot lately (along with a lot of hype), and this will be the forum to discuss anything about wind power."
I totally agree with the "lot of hype" thing, especially with the smaller units. A couple, or 3 of years ago, after some positive experience playing around with my own home built turbines, I decided to listen to what I now know was hype and purchased an 800 watt Hornet. I "knew" that 800 watts would = 66 amps at 12 volts. And that, I was told would happen in a 30 MPH wind. What a pile of baloney!
Conpared to small scale solar - forget it, there is no comparison for the price. Solar wins hands down for me.
With solar, very few are the days that I don't get at least some power production, with the Hornet, very few were the days when I got any production at all! For the most part, the only power output was during the passage of "tropical storms" that come up the East Coast in the Fall and then we would wonder, in which County we would find the blades, come morning.
Thanks to the Hornet, rather than using the smaller unit as a stepping stone to something larger, it has managed to turn me right off home scale wind power. In the future, I plan to use the Hornet's PM alternator as part of a small scale hydro setup.
I know wind works, it's everywhere one looks, but large scale.