Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): January Challenge - Roof Mounted Wind Turbines

January Challenge - Roof Mounted Wind Turbines

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Wind Power for Maui Homeowners

Off Grid Systems

It's REALLY windy outside right now.  The wind generator is cranking out power and the inverter is humming.  I've got the clothes dryer running at night!  That's a luxury when you're off the grid, you just don't do it unless you have power to burn.  The batteries are topped up and there's more power coming in.  We have a Bergey wind turbine mounted on a 60 foot pole, in our horse pasture.  It produces 1,000 watts at full capacity.  It's not mounted on that shed in the picture, it's behind it, held up with guy wires. 

Our home is in Haiku, on the north shore of Maui, where the tradewinds blow throughout the year.  Most days there is a 10-15 mph "breeze", with a lot of days much windier than that.  It's one of the reasons why Maui is famous for the windsurfing.  The tradewinds also bring fresh rainshowers which keeps everything growing and green.  Haiku Maui is a vibrant place.

Off grid is a reality for many parts of Maui.  Besides Huelo and Hanawana, other places you can find people living without Maui Electric are Kanaio and Kaupo.  With our sunny climate and steady winds, it's a viable choice for many innovative people.

Will windpower work for you?  There are maps for each state to determine your average wind pattern.

 

 

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Grid Tie In Systems 

Here's another home in the North Shore Maui area with 2 roof mounted wind generators.  I haven't seen any of this model yet, and 2 side by side like that.  I like it.  And look at that rack of solar panels!  These guys are on the grid so have decided to do a grid tie in system which can save a homeowner a lot of cash, especially here on Maui.  Maui Electric Company, also known as MECO, won't buy your excess power back, but they will credit you for the contribution to their power grid.

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I encourage you to try wind power if you live where it's windy.  It's renewable and clean energy, and it's there for the taking.  Call me for more information.

Kaheawa Wind Farm on Maui - producing about 10% of our energy.

Comment balloon 24 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • January 26 2008 04:35AM

Comments

You are so fortunate to have those steady winds(breezes). I was amazed when I saw the large units along the coasts of Spain. I wondered what Don Quixote would be doing with such dragons. I have seen those units become more common for homeowners along the Gulf Coast, but I have seen more of them in the hill country as well. In the hills, people use them as a part of their plan.
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) almost 11 years ago
Georgina - I'm going to start looking into these in our area.  Are you able to store energy?  If there is a day without wind, do you have to use a traditional power source? 
Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 11 years ago
You are fortunate that your area lets you do that. I have wanted install "green" devices for energy conservation purposes, but my "hoity-toity" neighborhood will not allow them.  8-{
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Frank -  We know it...  we are very fortunate indeed.  In every way.

Penny - We store the energy in a big battery bank.  We have solar panels too.  We have no traditional source of power, except of course a gas generator when there is no wind or sun for about 3 days.  The winter is the worst, but in summer we can go for months without having to use a generator.

Thanks for your interest in the wind power.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
 Hi Georgina, it's so nice to see some of these alternate energy ideas becoming a reality.
Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) almost 11 years ago

It's nice to see something working to help the enviroment.

Posted by Chris Frantz (EDU Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago
Georgina, great ideas about wind power. Yours looks local where we in Texas have wind power as part of our utilities as a mix. It hasn't helped our cents per kwh rates as we have too much of the mix from the plants from natural gas which has gone up in price. Even though we are a big deregulated state we have some of the highest rates. Glad Maui is doing things in their backyard. Love it. BTW, I have been to Maui, so next time out, I'll look you up!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Michael - it's time for a change - a homeowner's associaiton can agree to change the CC&R's in their neighborhood with enough votes.  Don't let them push you around!  Push back.

Marti - It's been a slow process, but it's happening faster now.  Thanks for making me an associate!

Chris - When it works, it really works!

Gary - That's interesting that it's part of what's offered to you.  But can you also do a tie-in system and sell the power back to the company, or at least do net-metering?  Please look me up next time you come over.

Deborah - from what I hear, it's happening in a lot of places now, all over the world.

Wind power is becoming more and more accepted as we search for alternative to burning fossil fuels.

 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
I also see solar panels in that picture.  Between the two you can be pretty energy independent.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Georgina is right about changing outdated regulations. More locales are making it simpler to put in green improvements. You may still run into realistic height limitations that make wind impractical, but would allow solar. At the same time as many regulations are easing, people are still fighting off-shore wind at Martha's Vineyard and many bird-lovers are opposing large wind turbines because they think they are harzardous to migratory birds. We'll get all this sorted out in due course, but for now most reasonable projects are being permitted.

I'm always amazed when I got to Hawaii to see so much wind energy and such pure sunshine,  and so much power being generated by imported oil. Hawaii is probably our richest state in terms of natural abundance, but the power company is not as forward thinking as many on the mainland. Maybe we can change that.

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago

Randy - We can get pretty close alright.  It's a good feeling. 

Dave - We are our own worst enemies.  Thanks for the thoughtful comments.  The times they are a changing.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Georgina - great post!  Florida only has a couple of places with enough consistent wind to make it financially viable - at least at this point with today's technology... and you're right about pushing back on home owner's associations... the Florida Legislature this last year made it mandatory for HOA's to allow energy -saving/producing devices to be allowed- even in already existing neighborhoods!!!

Posted by Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions (Environmental Visions) almost 11 years ago
Georgina - great post to raise awareness of what we can do to sustain. Wind generation combined with conservation of energy in the home makes renewable energy much more effective. The new Swift Rooftop Wind Turbine will soon be manufactured in Grand Rapids Michigan. They have several test models currently gathering data in our area. These particular turbines will give those in residential communities more opportunity to harness the energy from the wind. Great post!
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) almost 11 years ago
Georgina - Off the grid - what a wonderful dream! I envy you! Absolutely fantastic!!!!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago
I had not seen this type of thing directly on any homes.  It is very interesting.  I am not sure the technology would work in New Hampshire.  I will have to check into this.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

Eva - that is really encouraging news from Florida - we CAN make a difference

Mary - that's good news for everyone in windy areas

BJ - dream?  most of the time it is, with the occassional hiccup

Joan - those are the first ones I've seen too

People here are really motivated to lower their electric costs which are currently 30 cents per kilowatt, and climbing.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago
How awesome to be using wind energy!  I don't know why more people here in Sunny Southern California don't use more solar power!  We used to have solar heating for the pool, and it was great.  Actually, I do know why- it has to do with politics and money, what else??
Posted by Carol Lee, Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes (Dilbeck Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Carol - I'm glad to see you're on board with solar and other alternative energy sources.  Here is the sunny states we should be taking advantage of all that wonderful sunshine.  Thanks for stopping by.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Georgina~ 

I'm recommending this to be FEATURED...what a great post...and I love the photos! THX!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago

janeAnne - Well thank you ma'am!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

I lived in Utah for 6 years and had good use of 4 solar panels. We just moved to Kahuku on Oahu and it seems windy enough here for a wind turbine. I have been unable to find any regulations on any of the Honolulu websites to tell me whether there are any regulations.

Would you have any idea where I can find out this info? Have been unable with google so far!

Posted by Mike over 9 years ago

Mike - I wish I could help you.  Have you asked anyone in the planning/buiding department? 

We just did it - didn't ask for permission.  Of course we're out in the country on a large lot and it's zoned AG.  A lot of it will depend on your zoning and your county rules.

At least in this economic climate, you won't meet as much resistance for trying to be "green".

Good luck!

aloha - Georgie Hunter

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 9 years ago

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with us. Have a nice day and a Happy Holiday Season! Regards,

Posted by Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors (Weichert Realtors) about 9 years ago

Wind turbines are used to generate electricity from the kinetic power of the wind. Historical they were more frequently used as a mechanical device to turn machinery.    wind generator

Posted by wind generator over 8 years ago

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