Homeowner’s Wind Turbine Provides Significant Savings

Turning A Nemesis into an Ally

I used to curse the wind” said New York resident Phil Coombe “then I realized it was something I could take advantage of. And that’s where it all began”. After agonizing over his windy region for years, it was an easy decision for Coombe to take the leap into wind energy.

The wind-prone region of Sullivan County combined with Coombe’s love of hands-on projects has resulted in a venture that has literally paid off. The installation of the 11kW Gaia-Wind turbine from Talco Electronics situated on a 120’ tower has proven to be a worthwhile investment, saving over $1,200 in energy costs in just over five months alone

There has been nothing but positive feedback from the Grahamsville community regarding the turbine, impressing a neighbor so much, she wrote a story about the turbine and submitted it to the local newspaper.

“I chose the 11kW Gaia-Wind turbine for 3 simple reasons” says Coombe, with one reason dating back to 2009 when a neighboring home had a Gaia-Wind turbine installed on their property. He was immediately impressed by its efficiency in producing energy quickly, and cleanly. Additionally, the Gaia-Wind turbine was the most appropriate for the moderate wind speeds that his town of Grahamsville, NY experiences daily. And lastly, the project would not have been a success if it wasn’t for the New York state renewable energy incentives that the Gaia-Wind turbine qualified for.

Inspiring Literature and Nature

There has been nothing but positive feedback from the Grahamsville community regarding the turbine, impressing a neighbor so much, she wrote a story about the turbine and submitted it to the local newspaper.

A pair of bald eagles tried calling the turbine home soon after the installation was completed, coming as a complete shock to town residence’ who’s bald eagle population is a rare sight.

Situated in a rural area of New York, the town of Grahamsville is no stranger to natural wildlife. And when construction was completed, the turbine brought new life to this small town…in the form of two wings. A pair of bald eagles tried calling the turbine home soon after the installation was completed, coming as a complete shock to town residence’ who’s bald eagle population is a rare sight.

The story titled “A Welcome Sight on Our Road” reads, “I want to welcome two new residence on our road. One appears permanent and the other may just be passing through…if we think beyond the moment of today; we know that our world needs to power up on more than foreign oil. Hence – the wind turbine may be a symbol of hope for our future. Here’s to many more of them!”

Taking a Hand-On Approach

As a self proclaimed Do-It-Yourself’er, Coombe was actively involved in the installation process, getting his own hands dirty along the way. In fall of 2010, he rolled up his sleeves and began on the excavation, rebar installation, and pouring concrete for the foundation with the help of his team at Skylands Renewable Energy. Coombe worked hand-in-hand with the crew even allowing some of the team to stay at his home while the project was underway.

But before pouring the concrete, Coombe spent countless hours poring over which turbine would be the best for his property. So to get started, he consulted the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and discovered incentive programs that would pay significant funding towards wind energy projects. “Without NYSERDA funding, the wind turbine would not have been possible”. Coombe is very pleased with his Gaia-Wind turbine stating that he has recommended them to several town residence.

One feature of the Gaia-Wind turbines that was important to Coombe was the ability to dial into the remote online monitoring. With this technology, turbine owners can access important information such as current and total energy production, wind speeds, and its ability to alert the manufacturer and owner if there is an issue with its production. Beyond its benefit of saving money on electricity, Coombe states the ability to climb the turbine has been welcome addition. “It’s one of the more ‘fun’ aspects of being a turbine owner.” he said.

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