Although I’m guessing that the only “personal” items flying off the shelves of Home Depot stores across the country right now are personal cooling units, the big box purveyor of paints, potted plants, and home improvement accoutrement is now also selling personal wind turbines at select stores in Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and California.
Similar to Lowe’s teaming up with Sungevity to offer shoppers affordable, in-store solar leasing options, the Home Depot has partnered with Flagstaff, Ariz.-based company Southwest Windpower in an effort to bring clean, renewable wind-based power to the masses.
As reported by Preston over at Jetson Green, the particular product being offered by Home Depot is the sleek (read: quiet), grid-connected Skystream 3.7, a unit described by Southwest Windpower as “the first compact, all-inclusive personal wind generator (with controls and inverter built in) designed to work in very low winds.”
Included with the actual turbine is Skyview monitoring software that allows homeowners to track the Skystream 3.7’s performance from the comfort of their PC. Weighing 205 pounds, the unit comes with a five-year warranty and is capable of producing up to 400 kilowatt hours of clean electricity per month (based on prelim data).