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.
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.
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.