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Quiet Wind Turbine Released November 10, 2008

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One of the problems  with locating wind turbines in urban areas is that they tend to be noisy.  The constant whipping the air is a disturbance to close neighbors. Cascade Engineering has introduced a version of the house turbine designed to minimize noise without disturbing neighbors. Looking a little like a new-age whirlygig, the SWIFT turbine cuts the noise level to 35 decibels while reducing vibrations.

The company says the turbine can generate 1.5 KW with 14 mile per hour winds and approximately 2,000 KWh each year. The unit costs $10,000 (less than the average per-watt cost of solar panels). Depending on the cost of installation, conventional electricity costs, wind speeds, and incentives, the SWIFT could pay for itself in as little as three years.

Note:  this unit is currently only available in the Northeast US, Great Lakes States, and Western Canada.

For more information, click here.

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