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Re: Choosing a wind generator
Unless you are in a cloudy and windy place, I don't understand why you'd want a wind generator over solar panels, unless it's pure short-term cost. I've had both and now have 540 watts of solar and loving it.
I also found that the published average wind speeds for locations are very misleading. They are more like the average peak wind speed. In my home waters, what was published as a 7 knot average in July was more like a 7 knot average daily peak wind speed. I thought I'd have a lot of power, but instead had just small amount of power on some afternoons. Then when the wind picked up, you had to feather it out of the wind to get any sleep.
Of course, our large-bladed wind generator eliminated tacking at anchor, which was nice. Until my wife needed it feathered to get some sleep, that is.
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