Recently Southwest Windpower announced the availability of the popular Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at select Home Depot stores.Â The move puts small wind within reach of more customers as the industry expands every year.Â Southwest will start the installation program in Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and California with additional states in the near future.
The grid-connected Skystream 3.7 is compact, has a built in inverter, and produces up to 400 kWh of clean electricity per month, depending on wind and site factors (assuming a 12 mph average annual wind speed).Â It has three blades, cuts in at 8 mph, weighs 205 pounds, and has a 12-foot diameter.
The price of Skystream 3.7 varies by location and installation cost.Â Plus, purchasers may be able to take advantage of local, state, and federal incentives, including the 30% federal tax credit.
Speaking about the program, Dixon Thayer, CEO of Southwest Windpower, said, “We are excited to help residential and commercial customers take advantage of their areaâ€™s exceptional wind resource by using Skystream 3.7 to produce clean, emissions-free energy,” according to a press release.
This announcement corresponds with recent news of solar companies offering their products through home improvement retailers.Â For example, Lowe’sÂ and Sungevity entered into an agreement to offer an affordable solar lease program to Loweâ€™s customers through an interactive, in-store experience.
Credits: Southwest Windpower.