Flagstaff, Arizona-based Southwest Windpower will exhibit its breakthrough utility-connected and off-grid “personal windpower” technology at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) in Wyoming, the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the United States, from July 22-31.
In business since 1987, Southwest Windpower was founded with a fairly modest goal: to create a small, reliable, battery charging wind generator to complement solar energy residential systems powering rural areas of the world. To realize their vision, David Calley and Andy Kruse, the company founders, modified a Ford alternator to create their first wind generator, the Windseeker.
Fast forward seven years, and the company introduced its AIR series turbines, which were produced and shipped to more than 100 countries and became the best-selling battery charging wind turbine in history.
Today, Southwest Windpower continues in its pursuit of innovation. As of December 2010, the company’s Windpower Skystream customers have generated enough wind energy to offset about 15,300 tons of carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent of 37.8 million miles not driven in a car because residential customers used clean wind energy instead of utility-generated energy.
Southwest Windpower’s exhibit at Cheyenne Frontier Days will give the nearly 200,000 visitors who enjoy the celebration annually an up-close look at the Air wind turbine line, as well as the company’s award winning Skystream grid connected personal wind turbine
“Southwest Windpower has pioneered new technologies to make renewable energy simple, reliable, and efficient,” said Kruse, who is also senior vice president of Marketing at Southwest Windpower. “We’re excited to showcase at Frontier Days this year because these are products that attendees can really [use].”
Qualified small wind turbine consumers can take advantage of a 30 percent federal tax credit on the turbine, in addition to local and state incentives that may apply.
To find out if wind is right for you, use the Sitelook assessment tool. What’s more, it’s easily available. Select Home Depot stores nationwide now offer Southwest Windpower’s Skystream 3.7 , grid-connected personal wind turbine. For a complete list of stores and locations, visit the following blog.
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