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Wheel-like Honeywell Wind Turbine soon to be available at your local Ace Hardware store.
This August, Honeywell will release its quiet, 6 foot diameter gear-less (therefore lightweight) rooftop wind turbine that operates at wind speeds of 2-42 mph.
Honeywell claims it will produce 2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds and 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds at 33'.
By eliminating the central gear shaft and using the blade tips to produce energy, Honeywell has created a turbine that can start producing electricity at an amazingly low 2 mph.
The complete system weights 170 pounds and comes with a computerized smart box, inverter and connecting switch to wire the system into a household panel.
Installation costs will come to $1200 to $1500. The MSRP will be $5,995. Federal and state rebates should cover at least 30% of that cost in some states more.
Honeywell says their WT6500 will generate 18% of the average homes' energy needs.
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