One of the most popular small wind turbines is the Skystream line from Southwest Windpower, pictured here at a home in Ohio. The design is essentially a small version of the three-blade turbines used by utilities. Last month, the company released an online wind assessment tool that helps people decide quickly whether it's worth pursuing wind energy at home or at a business. Based on the location and wind map data supplied by 3Tier, it acts as a quick way to screen locations.
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May 12, 2010 8:22 AM PDT
Photo by: Southwest Windpower
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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