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The First Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Goes Live in San Diego County

January 25, 2011

Wind power is a viable source of green energy but it is just beginning to 'take off' with residential homeowners because many municipalities have height restrictions for urban and suburban environments. Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) by WePOWER™ of Aliso Viejo, CA, are designed with the aesthetics and mechanics to fit into the green landscape.

The VAWT differs from traditional windmills is that they are omni-directional to capture the wind from any direction. The Falcon™ turbine installed in San Diego County is virtually vibration-, noise-, and maintenance-free according to WePOWER and is now powering up the home of Tim Williams. Before approval of the project, the San Diego Building Department required a third party report. They called on TUV SUD America, Inc. to perform testing and inspection of the job. With the approval, the turbine was installed on an 18 ft pole on William's property.

The turbines are available in 600 W, 1.2 kW, 3.4 kW, 5.5 kW and 12 kW and have been installed at Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Best Buy, Hodgson Mills, and Tata Energy facilities. Check out this video of the turbine in motion: VAWT

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