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Well as I said in another thread I am really wanting to do a wind generator for our home to cut back on WTUs money.
Well I googled and found a promising web site, a small unit for homes that generates power on as little as 3 mph winds.
So I emailed for more information.... they are according to the info he emailed me, looking to making affordable units costing only...$10,000 each for set up and everything!
Goodness, I found some bigger units, for around $1200 (different site), minus shipping, and with blue prints dh and the guys can put the thing up...
I emailed him back and told him for the average lower middle income family, the ones who NEED this technology since the utility companies are creaming us with high costs, that is way out of reach!
GRRRR it may save money, but it would take 10 years or more to pay for itself! :bang:
 

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Mel,

Can you share some of the websites you've been visiting? Dh is an electrician and has been extremely interested in wind generators for some time. He would really like to be able to generate enough electricity for our farm, plus extra to sell back to the utilities. I'm very skeptical as to whether the investment is a smart one or not! Any additional info. on the subject would be great!

Wendy
 

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:eek: That is outrageous! $10,000!
 

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Geez, they are proud of that unit aren't they? I bet they don't get many orders from the public for that. :)
 

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Sis I knew it wasn't cheap. A guy in Alberta did this and it cost him $10,000 as well, but he had a business and had the money. He did say though, he's never looked back.

But to come up with $10,000 if your a family with a small income, that is unreal. I always wonder if its because the electrical companies have something to do with the costs.
 

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Here is the guys reply to my concerns.

"Hi Melissa,

I can appreciate your situation and understand what you are saying,
now there will be more specific info available when the WindTree
prototype is fine-tuned and ready for market, but in general here are
some things to keep in mind that might be of help when it is ready -

As far as financing and credit, EcoQuest uses an independent financing
company for those who want to get currently available Ecoquest products
on credit, while specifics are not available, I would imagine they will
have some kind of credit option available for the WindTree also,
because most people may not be able to pay for it outright,
and remember that the money people save from what they don't
have to pay the electric company can go towards paying off the WindTree.

Also, there are some states that offer various types of financial assistance
to help offset the cost of purchases that help conserve our natural resources,
and I believe that more and more states are working to make such assistance
available as time goes on, so if your state does not yet offer such help then
perhaps they might be one of the states that is working towards making
such help available in the near future.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you sign up as a dealer before purchasing
one then you would also save from getting it at the dealer's price instead of the
normal retail price.

I truely understand being on a budget, and Ecoquest does try to maintain a
balance of fair prices for quality products while still making sure that it
maintains financial stability so as to stay in business and for it's dealers
to make a fair level of income for their efforts, which I'm sure you understand
and can appreciate also.

So I can keep your email on file and let you know whenever there are any
updates on the WindTree, and perhaps by the time it is ready for market
your state will have some kind of financial assistance available to help
offset the cost enough to be able to make payments, also remembering
that the money you won't have to pay your electric company can be used
to help make the payments also.

Thanks for sharing your concerns and feel free to email again
anytime you have more questions, otherwise we'll email you
whenever there is any further updates on the status of the WindTree."
Here is the website. Good prduct just to high of a cost for a regular family to pay!
http://www.ecoquestintl.com/leight
 

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Well, that was a very nice and informative email. I thought it was very nice that he told you about the states possibly having an assistance program.
 
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