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'Small Wind' Gets New Client

FAIRVIEW -- Advocates of the "small wind" generating business have landed another customer.

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Paul Westbrook throws the switch on his new wind turbine in Fairview.

FAIRVIEW -- Advocates of the "small wind" generating business have landed another customer.

Texas Instruments engineer Paul Westbrook installed a 35-foot wind turbine Wednesday on his 2.2-acre spread. Sales of small wind turbines rose 62 percent last year.

"The technology is there," said Frank Greco, chief executive for Southwest Windpower, a Flagstaff, Ariz., company that supplied Westbrook's turbine. Westbrook spent nearly $8,500 for his system, and it could take up to eight years for the investment to pay off.

Westbrook's tower is connected to the local utility cooperative, and the wind power supplements that grid. The approach, called "net metering," allows consumers to get credit for power they generate.

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 Paul Westbrook throws the switch on his new wind turbine in Fairview.

 FAIRVIEW -- Advocates of the "small wind" generating business have landed another customer. 

Texas Instruments engineer Paul Westbrook installed a 35-foot wind turbine Wednesday on his 2.2-acre spread. Sales of small wind turbines rose 62 percent last year.

"The technology is there," said Frank Greco, chief executive for Southwest Windpower, a Flagstaff, Ariz., company that supplied Westbrook's turbine. Westbrook spent nearly $8,500 for his system, and it could take up to eight years for the investment to pay off.

Westbrook's tower is connected to the local utility cooperative, and the wind power supplements that grid. The approach, called "net metering," allows consumers to get credit for power they generate.


Source: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/...

SEP 7 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/4404-small-wind-gets-new-client
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