Thursday, July 10, 2008

One more step towards self sufficiency......

As more and more people consider alternative energy, wind power is growing in popularity in Maine. New technology is making it easier and more cost effective and energy rebates also make it an attractive alternative. Several wind farms have been erected in the last few years - you can read about two of the largest wind mill farms in Maine at www.endlessenergy.com/redington or www.marshillwind.com

We had studied it for several years prior to our move here and we knew we would put up a windmill at some point. I expect it will be sooner than later although it's a costly project and like anything else, time consuming. It's become less expensive to harness wind power than to use solar energy but recovering your initial expense can take a few years depending on your location and normal daily wind speeds. The model wind mill in the photo requires wind @ 8mph to keep it moving at a constant speed.


We have much more research to do, but we have the ideal location and the fact that we do not have neighbors to consider is a bonus right out of the gate.

When we moved here we considered ourselves on the 10 year plan. Year ten has ended and we aren't anywhere near finished :) Looks like we are starting on the new "10 year plan" !

Stay tuned.................

2 comments:

threecollie said...

Good for you! We have the location, but also the neighbors:(

nita said...

Wow, that's great. We have too many liberal neighbors also, who cry out about the various types of power in place, they aren't happy about wind either. Usually these types are the biggest electricity users.
Looking forward to more posts about this project.
On the ten year plan - our favorite saying is Next Year...