What if developers used their leverage for mass quantity orders to purchase urban wind generator units when building a new subdivision, condo or commercial building?
Have you ever thought about making your home or building less dependent on our current energy grid? If not, then you might want to consider this. The development of more compact wind turbine options for renewable energy are helping developers and consumers move towards less reliance on the current grid. Individuals have the power and influence to make change at their own pace with their own wallets and people are choosing to do so all over the world.
Wind turbines can produce electricity 24 hours a day whereas solar panels are limited to day time peak hours. Wind systems can generate and store power into a building’s battery system or contribute to the grid at any time. Compared to solar, some say that the return on the investment is significantly faster because of the constant energy production.
Companies like www.urwind.com, www.helixwind.com, www.rooftopwind.biz and Aeolos (www.windturbinestar.com) are among the many who claim they have developed smaller urban, quieter products for residential and commercial buildings.
Some residential manufacturers profess to reduce your reliance on on the grid by as much as 15% with one unit. Multiple units on one roof in some cases can actually cost less than the equivalent amount of solar panels required to produce the same energy.
What if developers used their leverage for mass quantity orders to purchase urban wind generator units when building a new subdivision, condo or commercial building? Would it be safe to say that that there could be significant cost savings negotiated on bulk orders by developers that would then pass on to the consumer? And what of the efficiency in making these systems part of the initial design?
If the answers to those questions are in the positive column then one could conclude that when it comes to new construction, developers have an opportunity to install clean energy producing technologies into the home at a cost significantly less than what it would be for an individual consumer aftermarket.
So, my brain teaser for the week naturally leads to this question: how do you feel about the ongoing development of urban wind generators and would this be an attractive feature that you would want included in a new home, condo or commercial building? Are there any developers in Ottawa willing to take on the challenge of being the first to make it happen?
Until next time.
– Mitch Gauzas