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Technology Smooths the Way for Home Wind-Power Turbines
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/science/earth/15wind....
April 15, 2008

Technology Smooths the Way for Home Wind-Power Turbines

By JOHN CASEY

Wind turbines, once used primarily for farms and rural houses far from electrical service, are becoming more common in heavily populated residential areas as homeowners are attracted to ease of use, financial incentives and low environmental effects.

No one tracks the number of small-scale residential wind turbines windmills that run turbines to produce electricity in the United States. Experts on renewable energy say a convergence of factors, political, technical and ecological, has caused a surge in the use of residential wind turbines, especially in the Northeast and California.

Back in the early days, off-grid electrical generation was pursued mostly by hippies and rednecks, usually in isolated, rural areas, said Joe Schwartz, editor of Home Power magazine. Now, its a lot more mainstream.

The big shift happened in the last three years, Mr. Schwartz said, because of technology that makes it possible to feed electricity back to the grid, the commercial power system fed by large utilities. These new systems use the utility for back up power, removing the need for big, expensive battery backup systems.

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