Residential Wind Turbines: The Next Addition to City Skylines?
Powering your home may be as easy as the wind, if the experimental wind turbine units atop several buildings in Manhattan live up to their lofty expectations.
According to the New York Times, one of these experimental buildings is using 10 one-kilowatt turbines to generate electricity for elevators and common area lighting (such as hallways). At a collective cost of $100,000, the payback period for wind turbine energy could be around 11 years, and even sooner in high-wind corridors or states with rebate programs. The six-figure price tag makes sense for commercially owned buildings such as apartment complexes and condos. But detatched house owners, don’t despair! You have options too.
Wind power is often overshadowed in the news by its brighter, sexier counterpart: Solar energy. Wind power outshines solar energy for many renewable energy connoisseurs however, including Dr. Mark Jacobson, Stanford University professor of civil and environmental engineering. Dr. Jacobson clearly outlines why wind power is the best bet for energy options. Engineers like Dr. Jacobson and New York City risk-takers are both in good company–the entire country of Germany seems to be captivated with the potential of wind:
It’s heartening to this San Franciscan to know that renewable energy sources are being embraced not only by individual home owners longing to leave the grid and lower their energy bill in the process, but also by building owners and managers like those in New York. If wind can make it there, it can make it anywhere.