Staying in with the renewable energy theme for now, I introduce 'The Gen'. A combination of wind and solar power production makes this a optimal choice for the average homeowner. There are many things I like about this design; One benefit is that its mainly a roof unit and not one mounted on a pole( like more wind turbine units) the combination of wind and solar are perfect, creating energy 24hrs(as long as there is a breeze) with the wind turbine and a boast during the day with the solar panels is perfect. Take a look below.
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Save 30-70% on your electric bill with the world's first patent pending solar and wind renewable energy generator.
The price of residential electricity in the United States has almost doubled over the past 10 years. As you can see in the graph below, prices are forecasted to increase almost tenfold by 2031.
Why Not Use Solar Panels or Windmills?
Solar panels and windmills were our initial thoughts. We reached out to several companies, but after doing extensive research, we found that solar panels were very expensive, costing up to $50,000; plus it's not always sunny. Surprisingly, we also discovered that some cities and homeowner associations won't allow them because of their large size.
We also looked into windmills, and they were just as expensive as solar panels, costing up to $50,000. Windmills have even more restrictions than solar panels, depending on where you live. Plus, what happens when it's not windy?
Introducing The GEN -Green Energy Naturally
The GEN combines wind and solar technology into one compact unit. It fits comfortably on your roof and can produce up to 70% of the electricity you need for your home. (See FAQs for additional info on the GEN)
Why The GEN?
The United States relies on fossil fuels for 70% of its electrical generation. As fossil fuels diminish, such as coal, oil and natural gas, it will become more costly and more harmful to the environment to retrieve them.
This is why we invented the GEN. Our mission is to “create renewable energy solutions that save you money and protect our natural resources.”
Solar panels and windmills, even after tax and energy credits, are expensive and give you little or no return on your investment. You can expect around 3 years of free energy or less using solar panels. A windmill will never pay for itself. The GEN on the other hand, costs relatively little and is actually free in some states and counties in the United States, depending on tax and energy credits available. Plus, the GEN provides up to 17 years of free energy. (International customers, please check with your government's renewable energy program.)
The GEN - Power Generation Chart
American homes use on average 830 kWh per month. Assuming your home receives wind speeds between 5-10 miles per hour and receives 5-10 hours of sunshine per day, the GEN will produce between 300 to 600 kWh per month. That is up to 70% of the electricity you need. Imagine the results in an area with frequent wind and lots of sunshine!
The GEN - Project History
Two and a half years ago I started working in my garage on the first GEN prototype. It was an attic fan style turbine with solar panels along the base. Unfortunately, it didn't capture enough wind to adequately turn the wind alternator.
The next version of the GEN took six months of work in my garage and has been a rock solid device. It has produced up to 50% of my electrical needs for nearly two years.
The latest and commercial version of the GEN produces up to 70% of the average American electrical needs (depending on weather conditions in your location.) The new GEN features more powerful solar panels, a more powerful alternator and a newly designed 3-blade turbine that increases wind-capturing capacity. We have a group in Lindon, Utah, ready to begin manufacturing the GEN as soon as we successfully complete our kickstarter fundraiser.
Kickstarter Fulfillment and Delivery Timeline
1. Kickstarter Campaign: April 30th, 2014 - May 28th, 2014 (29 days)
2. Receive Funds: May 29th, 2014 - June 11th, 2014 (Up to 14 days)
3. Place Order: June 25th, 2014 - July 1st, 2014 (7 days)
4. Manufacturing: July 9th, 2014 - November 9th, 2014 (120 days)
5. Shipping & Fulfillment: November 9th, 2014 - January 5th, 2015 ( 65 days)
The GEN - Epic Rewards
Energy Incentives and Tax Credits in the United States