Why Skystream ?


The Skystream is a new generation residential wind generator that hooks up to your your home to reduce or eliminate your monthly electrical bill. It’s the first all-inclusive wind generator (with controls and inverter built in) designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds. This makes Skystream ideal for residential homes and small businesses. Enjoy the benefits of utility power while reducing your electric bill every time the wind blows! It’s been a dream of many homeowners and now it is possible.

Kauai Electric, Inc. is offering a low-cost, reliable, clean energy alternative to the Islands. As a local dealer and installer for the world's largest producer of small wind generators, we've pioneered new technologies to make renewable energy simple.

The Skystream,™ was developed jointly with the U.S. Department of Energy. The initial prototype has been operating at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in
Colorado for almost two years and has undergone extensive duration, performance, and reliability testing.

Kauai Electric Inc. believes the answer to your rising utility bill is in the tradewinds.

 




How Does it Work?

Skystream is a wind generator installed on top of a tower that converts the kinetic energy in the wind into electricity to be used in a home's electrical system.

In a typical residential application, a home is served simultaneously by the Skystream and a local utility. If the wind speeds are below "cut-in speed" (8 mph) there will be no output from the generator and all of the needed power is purchased from the utility. As wind speeds increase, the Skystream's output increases and the amount of power purchased from the utility is proportionately decreased. When the Skystream produces more power than the house needs, the meter spins backwards creating a "credit" that can be used later. All of this is done automatically without any interaction by the homeowner. Batteries are not required with Skystream.


Depending on the wind speed average and the amount of energy consumed every month, Skystream typically lowers a household electricity bill by 20% to 90%. It is not uncommon for Skystream owners with total-electric homes to have monthly utility bills of only $8 to $15 for nine months of the year (2005 data).


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