Honeywell Wind Turbine to be Sold at Ace Hardware Stores for $4,500

Update 12/17/2009: Honeywell Wind Turbine Coming Soon!

Last week, we mentioned that the small wind market is growing like crazy, and if things go as planned, there could be another turbine company to watch.  The Honeywell Wind Turbine from EarthTronics, according to Martin LaMonica of CNET, will be sold in participating Ace Hardware Stores starting this October.  EarthTronics claims the turbine can generate power at wind speeds as low as 2 mph.  With Class 4 winds, the turbine can generate about 2,000 kWh per year, which is roughly 15-20% of an average home’s electricity needs.

The turbine design is key to generating power at such a low wind speed.  Unlike vertical axis or three-blade designs, the Honeywell Wind Turbine resembles a fan — the design eliminates the box, shaft, and generators — but it’s gearless.  The six-foot, 95-pound turbine generates power at the blade tips, rather than at the gear box.

For $4,500, the Honeywell Wind Turbine Power Blade System will be sold with a computerized smart box, inverter, and inter connect switch to wire the system to the household panel.  EarthTronics says the turbine’s installed cost is lower than any other turbine on the market today.

With free federal money and possible state and utility incentives, it could make economic sense to buy a Honeywell Wind Turbine.  In favorable incentive areas, EarthTronics anticipates a payback of 12-36 months, so this will be a neat piece of technology to watch.  I guess the question is, would you buy one?

[+] Small wind turbine works at low wind speeds by CNET.

Photo credit: Earthtronics.

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  • Anonymous

    what i think Honeywell needs to do is put out a map of the country and color code it with expected pay-back times. Kinda like they do with weather maps and the tempurature, but instead have a monthly payback range and that would be based on wind data. For some reason, it’s been so hard to find good wind data maps that are easy to read/understand. unless i’m missing something and someone has a good site to point out? My idea still seems to make a little bit of sense, so they could then market it in lower time-table areas as a good investment.

    12-36 months pay off isn’t that long with a housing market like this. I can EASILY see myself being in my house 3 more years, at which point a paid off wind turbine becomes a really nice sales feature.

    • mark

      if it makes 2000kwh a year, assume you pay $0.10 per kwh, and you get $200 per year in savings. for a 3 year payback you would need to have incentives for $3900 of the $4500 purchase price. not that im against the idea… low speed wind generation is great, just do the math before you buy one.

    • Preston

      Definitely agree with Mark. If a buyer doesn’t do the math as it relates to their site and their incentives, they may be unhappy with the result. Plus, 12-36 months seems pretty aggressive, even with the 30% federal ITC. But $5k is $5k — for some, it may not be only about payback.

  • Portland Real Estate

    Yes! I would buy one! If I had my own home that is. I would probably try to get one for my dads house too, even cutting 20% off of your power consumption could mean so much to the world if we get a lot more people to install them. Not to mention the subsidies and discounts you could get.

  • Anybody Home?

    They always report KWH insted of a nameplate, because the nameplate is not very impressive. With 12 mile per hour winds you get 100 watts. hmm, why not save 5k and turn of a light bulb or not blow dry your hair for quite as long?

  • C

    Does it kill wildlife?

    • die birds die

      I hope so…especially black birds!!!

  • russ

    Hi ZeroThreeQuarter – a resource for wind speeds follows:

    To me this is nothing more than a company trying to take advantage of people wanting to do something positive and depending on subsidies/incentives to take money from the public coffers.

    At 2 mph wind speeds there is no power worth collecting – 10 to 12 mph winds are a minimum.

    I consider all this ‘shyster speak’.

  • DoYourMath!

    Assuming no government incentives and no installation cost (GL installing an inverter on your own), it would take me 28 years in Minneapolis to recover my investment. If you are doing it to feel better or reduce greenhouse emissions you are better off going with large scale wind generation in MN ( I know, not many states offer this). Excel energy has an optional “wind source” program that provides us with 100% wind generated power for 3.5 cents/kWh, and you don’t have to pay the normal fuels charge which is 2.4 cents/kWh. So it costs us an extra penny per kWh for wind power (about 43 bucks/yr for us) and the money goes to buy more turbines and transmission upgrades.

    Encourage your power company to do this in your state!

    • DoYourMath!

      Correction: that 3.5 cents/kWh above the normal rate…

  • Anonymous

    This is toy, in a 36MPH constant wind it puts out 1500 watts, just enough to power your hair dryer. But remember the 36MPH wind has to be constant. Notice all their wind data is for a class four wind site. Visit for a class map. Class 4 winds are rare, and rarely consistent. Please do you homework on wind turbines this site can help.

  • greg waits

    Check out the alternative at Rooftop Wind Power

  • Anonymous

    The turbine can generate about 2,000 kWh per year, which is roughly 15-20% of an average home’s electricity needs.

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    • Anonymous

      @ptp123 At a 10 average mph wind speed it generates about 100 watts. Considering a very positive capacity factor of 35% that means about 300 kWh/year. If we use an average wind speed of 15 mph it goes to 700 kWh/year.

      There is no payback.

      All their fancy talk about bins etc is meant to confuse people which it apparently does.

  • Anonymous

    And all you will save is the wholesale price not what YOU pay per KWH, all of the utilities are re-arranging their billing fees for this purpose

  • Dan

    I have a hard time imagining one of these on top of my house. I wonder how visually appealing this wind turbine would be on the roof. I was happy when I got rid of the old and ugly analog TV antennas. Any comments?

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant! Except its not.

    WindTronics is being deceitful in their design claims AND in their market claims. Industry expert Paul Gipe has already reviewed this product and has this to say about the design:
    “There is no substantiation to back up the promoter’s claims and the claims themselves are exaggerated.”

    Also of note:
    “There are no units in use. One turbine has been “tested” in a wind tunnel. Thus, all claims about the product are projecture.

    Those who have followed the debate about performance measurements of small turbines realize that testing in a wind tunnel is not testing at all. Wind tunnel “tests” are useful only for design not for estimating the performance of the wind turbine in the field.

    Though no turbines have been tested in the field, Earthronics has hired a public relations company.”

    Who the heck would talk about selling a product they have never tested in its intended use??!!

  • Anonymous

    We are a electrical distributor and would be very interested in selling the Honeywell Wind Turbine. We cover a several states and think this unit is a additional opportunity for us. We sell solar units and supply electrical supplies to large wind farms and this could be one more system that we have a interest in. Please respond and let me know if there would be an interest in setting up some distribution. We do business with Honeywell on the sales side with thermostats etc. now.

    • Anonymous

      @roystoel – These guys bought the right to use the Honeywell name – Honeywell has no connection with it. This has zero to do with your Honeywell thermostats – no business connection at all.

      İf you have read the comments that this is nothing more than a boat anchor and then still want to sell it İ am not sure what it tells us! İ am not sure İ would want to do business with you!

  • Gwenschultz

    where do i look at this product?

  • Philipupnorth

    Fine idea. How does the turbine reorient when wind direction changes?

  • drachir

    This is an amusing toy. It would only generate a useful amount of power in a constant, very windy location. I’m thinking apartment dwellers in Manhattan (in those skyscraper wind-tunnels), and farmhouses in the central plains. It would probably be quite useful mounted on top of an RV, but only when travelling down the highway at 60 mph! Payback time mounted on my home in Broken Arrow, OK would be too long for me (about 25 years!). I’ll be retired by then.

    • richard

      Remember that ther DOE takes it’s average wind speed at 80 feet above ground level. How many houses are 80feet tall? Has anyone looked at Turbex out of south africa?

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