400th Windspire Wind Turbine Installation

The 400th Windspire Installation, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
The 400th Windspire Installation St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Mariah Power

Start-up wind technology company, Mariah Power, is celebrating the 400th installation of its innovative vertical axis Windspire wind turbine. The site of the newest Windspire is a private residence on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. Homeowners, businesses, and museums are installing Windspires across the U.S. to generate their own clean energy and save money on energy costs while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company credits the unique noise-free and attractive design that allows the Windspire to fit in many places currently unavailable to small wind for the explosive growth. A 30% federal tax credit available for the Windspire has also enabled more homeowners and businesses to harness their own clean energy.

The 400th Windspire will provide clean energy to the home, replacing some of the current diesel generated energy the homeowners now receive from the local utility and reducing carbon emissions. This is the first of many Windspires scheduled for installation outside of the United States. Mariah Power recently announced the release of a 230V inverter that will enable the Windspire to connect to European grid specifications with anticipation of a major global launch of the product. Windspires are currently installed in Denmark, Costa Rica, France, Israel, and Turkey.

The Windspire wind turbine is a 30-foot tall, propeller-free, vertical-axis wind turbine designed for harnessing wind power in urban, suburban, and rural locations. A complete Windspire wind turbine typically costs between $9,000 and $12,000 US fully installed. After rebates, the cost can be as low as $3,800, much lower than comparable wind turbines and other alternative energy options.

“From the start of this company we focused on bringing a totally new approach to small wind so that more people could enjoy the benefits of producing their own clean energy,” said Mariah Power CEO Mike Hess. “Today’s latest installation is proof that the Windspire is changing the market for small wind appliances.”

“Mariah Power’s growth is indicative of a strong, promising market for residential small wind turbines in the U.S. and abroad,” said Ron Stimmel, Small Systems Manager for the American Wind Energy Association.

The Windspire wind turbine is a low-cost, low-noise, attractive wind power appliance for use in urban, suburban, rural and remote locations. Manufactured in the U.S. by Mariah Power, Windspire turbines are propeller-free, vertical-axis designs that feature patented technology that maximizes energy conversion from wind into electric power, regardless of changing wind speed and direction. The Windspire portfolio includes a 1.2 kW version, a special High Wind version and a 230V European Grid version. Later this year, Mariah Power will introduce multiple new products based on the Windspire technology including: off-grid capabilities, larger rotors and a system that is able to generate more energy at lower wind speeds. The Windspire has been featured in Fortune, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, and on “20/20”, CNN and NPR.

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