Wind generation is finally becoming a strong home owners solution. I recently came across a Canadian company called Windterra that has set up resellers and installers in the US. I began my own search in adding wind power to my own home, but the issue for me was the footprint of the generator. When I think of a wind turbine, I’m assuming it would look like the ones we see in commercial wind farms. Windterra, at windterra.com, makes a small horizontal unit that has a low impact foot print. Something that should easily by pass a communities zoning requirements. The cost is similar to installing solar panels, and the energy generated is also equal to a panels. Each unit can generate 2400 to 3200 KWH per year depending on an average wind speed of 14- 16 mph. The average home uses around 7000-12,000 KWH per year. The cost of the unit with installation is similar to a solar panel system installation. The average life span of this unit runs 10 years, which is a less than a panels life cycle. If your looking to get off the grid this would be a good addition to to your arsenal of alternative energy solutions.