Adding A Wind Turbine to Your Project


Adding A Wind Turbine to Your Project

Like you needed another hobby or project....but you know you have to do it. What small wind turbine have you added to your system?

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Going to ease in to Wind Turbine

Started by Mike. Last reply by dave simmon Oct 25, 2014. 11 Replies

Hey all, I am still a newbie with solar and experimenting, but I found this wind turbine CHEAP - New Pinto 20 Wind Turbine Generator 12volt Battery Charger With 4 Blades. I am not sure if it will just be a paperweight or it may actually add…Continue

Wind turbine addition

Started by dave simmon. Last reply by dave simmon Oct 25, 2014. 1 Reply

I have 3 Sets of Sunforce 60 Watt Kits up Two HF 45 watt kits up. 12 DM 145s and putting up Six DM 158s now. as with all battles projects there are casulties3 Light LED opened and tinker with died. Two Charge Controllers went up in smoke. Three if I…Continue

New turbine add

Started by ladyhawk. Last reply by ladyhawk Feb 5, 2014. 2 Replies

So I have a Missouri Wind and Solar 500w 12v DC turbine to play with.  My system now is solar to Xantrex C35 to (6) 6v batts wired to 12v.I was thinking of hooking my turbine straight to the batts and using the C35 as a dump to my 12v water heat…Continue

4 wind turbines.

Started by billy honaker. Last reply by billy honaker Jul 4, 2012. 15 Replies

  if i can figure out how to down load videos to this i will show you my four turbines.  i have tested more blades than i even care about talking about. i have tried windy nation turbines, thermodyne pma's, presto wind pma's and finally missouri…Continue


Started by Mike Koval Jun 25, 2012. 0 Replies

Anybody have good recommendations for a small vawt  200-400 watt  12v  range  max winds 50+ gust They seem to be hard to find onlineContinue

Hybrid system

Started by larry isaacs. Last reply by ladyhawk Mar 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Question, I have a PV system, now I would like to add a wind turbine. The overall plan is to raise the PV level to around 1000 watts and to add a wind turbine of approx. 1000 watts( given the inefficent nature of the wind generator output between…Continue

Winter - January 1012

Started by Craig J Jan 24, 2012. 0 Replies

My cousin took this picture on a Snowmobile trip. It is "Dixville Notch" near Errol NH in the Northeast Kingdom.I asked him about the Turbines in the background and he said there are no structures for miles (Other than the brick shack with no…Continue

Four Seasons 10-Watt Mini VAWT Autopsy

Started by Hillbilly Gene. Last reply by Bill K Dec 14, 2011. 1 Reply

Bill K. and I had a discussion about this VAWT (Vertical Axis Wind Turbine) that we buried somewhere in the “General Discussions” part of this forum under an unrelated heading. (We momentarily hijacked a thread.) I believe our findings are important…Continue

Free "Wind Power for Dummies" Book

Started by Hillbilly Gene. Last reply by Renewable Ray Nov 29, 2011. 2 Replies

Everyone,I always cringe when I buy any "for dummies" book because I have to admit I'm a dummy, but that's just me.  Ignorant, yes.  A "dummy", no.Here is a web link that will give you the "Wind Power for Dummies" book in PDF format.…Continue

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Hey everybody!

Started by Tim Personius. Last reply by Dale Marshall Oct 5, 2011. 4 Replies

I am now on my 3rd attempt to add a useable wind turbine to my PV system.The 1st, (a VAWT I built) flew off the roof in moderate winds (20-25mph). Faulty design on my part. The 2nd was a small 50 watt unit from uswindgen...which was fried by those…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by Don Jacobson on May 16, 2011 at 3:50pm
I have added a small 225 watt turbine to my small system.  It came from  It is simple and easy to set up.  


Comment by Renewable Ray on May 16, 2011 at 5:10pm
Hey Don, what charge controller are you using between this turbine and your battery bank?
Comment by Just Someone on May 17, 2011 at 4:52am
I added a small 10w VAWT to my solar setup.  Bought mine on Ebay.  I'm interested in VAWT's for noise / appearance issues.
Comment by Don Jacobson on May 17, 2011 at 2:20pm


As of right now I am connected directly to the battery bank.  I do not have enough constant wind to put it through a charge controller.  Wind comes just prior to storms.  If the need arises, I will be on the lookout for a charge controller.  I e-mailed the folks at usawingen and asked about a charge controller and was told I did not need one.  If I had a constant wind, I think I would need to have one.  Until I get another solar pannel set, my batteries are rarely fully charged.  That may change when we get a full day of sun.

Comment by larry isaacs on June 4, 2011 at 12:12pm

Well, as I have nothing better to do, I will now attempt to add one layer to my alternate power hobby.

I hope I can add to and take away information from this forum.


Larry Isaacs

Comment by Tim Personius on June 29, 2011 at 9:47pm
@larry george...I am using the Coleman Air c40 diversion controller for my system. It is designed for a hybred system as you describe. The controller monitors the state of charge in the battery bank and diverts excess to a "dummy load" which can be anything from resistors, hot water preheater and the like. I think it could also go to a separate battery but not sure on that one. The unit is user frendily and the max volatge limit can be set by the user. It comes pre-set at 14.1 volts which I just left it at. With this unit you run your pma's straight to the batteries and let the controller handle it from there. Works great!
Comment by john finnerty jr on September 4, 2011 at 7:53am
i have my 1st set of solar panels up and working and have been thinking about adding a wind turbine just to see what would happen around here. but i want to build one, not buy one. does anyone have a guide using spare parts on how to diy a wind turbine? looking online so far has shown me lots of pics but no real way to actually build one. btw i want to try using a tredmill motor
Comment by ladyhawk on September 8, 2011 at 12:54pm
Anyone have a link to a some good info on setting up your dump load to an electric water heater for pre-heating?
Comment by eddie a ybarra on October 29, 2011 at 7:09am
has any one tryed mw/s i was looking at their pma systems looks ok to me.but im still looking any info would be great
Comment by larry isaacs on October 30, 2011 at 8:38am

Larry, I have gone to MW and talked with Jeff, the owner. The product is priced right and the build quality is first cabin. I like the comment made to me by Jeff, If my product is not right I will stand behind it 100%.

Some of the wind turbines sold never offer spare parts. MW, has every part and can ship anywhere. If you want to go from 5blade rotor to a 11 blade, just buy the blades.

I was impressed by the hands on build and the parts. When I buy MW is the product that is in the lead.



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