Posted by Brent_IL on July 17, 2003 at 20:24:26:
I don?t know in which part of the state you?re located. Aside from understanding the basic theory regarding hydrogen power, I don’t know enough to comment on power generation, but I have looked into using windmills in the greater Chicagoland area. It turns out that, despite the “Windy City” moniker, the average wind speed in nearby suburbs is only around eight to nine miles per hour. Many cost-efficient windmills don?t even kick in at that speed. To take advantage of the bursts, one needs a big windmill and more storage batteries.
Unlike in more enlightened states, Illinois utilities pay much less for power that they purchase through an intertie system than they charge for the power that they provide, so it doesn?t make sense to use the utility for storage or back-up. Your uncle did O.K. Regular car batteries are a killer if you have to pay for them. The best watt for dollar approach I?ve found so far is a diesel generator-storage battery-inverter system. If I knew that I would live in the same house for the rest of my life, I?d put in 12-volt LED lighting throughout the entire property in a flash.
I would appreciate reading about how you fare with your transition. Best success.