The Mini Wind sector is reportedly growing at an annual rate of 15% in the U. S. despite the overall economic situation that might have you expect otherwise. One explanation is that the smart money (those people that stopped ‘flipping properties’ in 2006 or are gradually pulling their money out of the stock market since July ’07) seem to be heavily moving into having their own Green Power systems and also take advantage of that 30% federal income tax break everybody is talking about. Another explanation is the move toward safe-haven investments (gold, selected real estate, commodities or other tangibles). One of these may be having a residential-scale power system, particularly if it is properly configured to provide backup during blackouts.
While we do not believe too much in those ‘suburbistan’ scenarios where the security benefit of backup power would be the most eminent, a certain degree of power independence is always a good thing — particularly if it comes with little extra effort while making your move from CO2-heavy centralized grid power to environmentally-friendly residential-scale Renewables!