Brian sends this about The Back Shed, a great site with info about windmills and renewable energy. There is an excellent page about getting started with windmills. Particularly interesting isthe project for converting junker computer parts and pvc into a wind powered battery charger.
Home made wind generators have been around for decades, with designs as varied as the people who build them. But why would you build your own windmill? Why not use solar cells, solar cells are reliable and maintenance free.
The answer is simple, cost!
You cant make your own solar cells at home, they need specialized equipment and complicated processes. But you can build your own wind generator, and for a fraction of the cost of a similar power sized solar array. Another advantage of a wind generator is it will generate power whenever there is a breeze, even at night!
Of course, it is always wonderful when people are so willing to share their information!
All information here is free, there are no “windmill plans” for sale. I’m not here to sell anything. The web site does earn a little money from advertising, enough to pay for hosting expenses and some funds towards my hobbies, but that’s not why I put so much time into the web site. I do it for the common good, sharing information and helping other people get started in clean power generation.
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