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Frequently Asked Questions

The link collection should help you study how well wind generation of electricity will work in your location, and lead you to oodles of money and tax incentives for wind turbine purchases.A Great Wind MapThis wind map by NREL is a good source for accurate wind speed averages. Your conditions may vary based on elevation, trees, or other wind interference by nearby structures. Actual use of an anemometer may be necessary to supplement your plans, but this map is based on wind stations all over America. Click Here.

The Swift site provides a way to analyze your exact location. Click on one of the above links to analyze your particular area’s wind. This tool drills down to the street, buildings and trees that will affect your wind generation.

Find Your Location on a Wind Map for an Actual Estimate of Production

This site will give good general information on your site and includes a power production estimator. Click Here.

How does a wind turbine work?

A wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft. which connects to a generator and makes electricity.

Does it cause harm to birds or bats?

While no such studies have been performed specifically for small wind turbines, anetdotal evidence indicated that birds occasionally collides with small wind turbines as they do with any other structure. However, such events a rare and very unlikely to have any impact on bird populations. Large, utility scale wind turbines account for less than 0.003% of all human caused bird deaths, and small wind turbines have even less of an impact.  House cats in the U.S., by contrast, are estimated to kill roughly one billion birds per year. Statistically, a single house cat, a window pane or an automobile is a much greater threat to birds than a wind turbine of any size.

How is Swift different from other turbines?

Swift is a structure or pole-mountable wind turbine with a quiet operation. Traditional wind turbines generate some noise as the wind travels the length of the blade, while the outer ring on the Swift acts as a diffuser. As the wind travels down the blade it is dispersed along the outter ring, significantly reducing the sound and keeping the turbine quiet.

How much electricity might I expect from a Swift wind turbine?

Swift will generate approximately 2000 kWh per year in a favorable wind location.  This is about 20% of an average home’s electricity use per year. Multiple units can be used at one location to supplement commercial and industrial use.

What is the price of a Swift wind turbine?

The retail price of a Swift wind turbine is $8,500 USD plus freight,installation cost and applicable sale taxes.  Installation cost will vary depending on the method of mounting selected – whether the turbine is mounted on an existing structure or on a stand alone pole. Each installation requires the services of a licensed professional engineer, a licensed master electrician and installers trained and certified by the manufacturer.

Don’t forget to consider the available rebates, tax incentives and accelerated depreciation write-off that may offset the total project cost to you nearly in half.

What is the warranty?

Swift has a 5 year manufacturer’s part warranty and is designed for a 20 year life.

Is there a Tax Incentive?

To help offset the cost and to encourage individuals and businesses to invest in renewable energy projects such as wind turbines, the federal government offers a 30% tax credit.

Depending on the availability of funds, individuals and businesses in New York State may qualify for a cash rebate from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s “Power Naturally” program.

The combination of a 30% federal tax credit and a cash rebate from NYSERDA typically offsets the cost of a turn-key project nearly in half.