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Clean Power SolAir micro wind turbines with solar panels. (click to enlarge)

Published on June 28th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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Hybrid Wind/Solar Power Generators for Homes & Businesses

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June 28th, 2011 by Zachary Shahan
 
Solair combined micro wind turbines solar panels

SolAir micro wind turbines with solar panels. (click to enlarge)

These look pretty cool. And apparently they are getting quite popular in San Diego. They are small wind turbines combined with solar panels from DyoCore. The name of the product is SolAir.

Each SolAir device has three rotating blades, a 64” radius, and weighs approximately 60 lbs. A solar panel 40 square inches in size is integrated into the micro wind turbines. A SolAir can generate power in winds anywhere from 6 mph to 60 mph. As you can see in the photos above and below, SolAirs are often installed along the roof line of residential or commercial buildings, but they can be used in a variety of locations.

“The unique and proprietary design, including the small footprint, of the DyoCore SolAir products allows our distributors to design and install the system quickly for homeowners and businesses,” David Raines, CEO and founder of DyoCore, says.

The small wind feature combined with solar panels allows for electricity generation on sunny days with little wind or windy days with/without sun, making the SolAir product ideal for many parts of the country during almost any conditions.”

“SolAir’s small wind design was a key factors in the unanimous San Diego County Board of Supervisors fall 2010 approval to increase installation of small wind alternative energy products from two units to five units for residences, thus enhancing alternative energy options for San Diego residents,” a SolAir press release from early June states.

State incentives and federal income tax credits can reportedly cover up to 50-70% of the total cost of the micro clean energy system. Plus, once installed (a quick process), you start saving money on your electric bill.

The company provides a handy “easy math” SolAir Equipment/Job Cost WorkSheet on its website so you can calculate the cost and savings for your own location.

Some basic SolAir details:

  • Weight 60lbs. fully assembled.
  • Can be setup and installed within minutes out of box
  • Height of SolAir from it’s mount bracket surface to the blade at it’s highest point is only 67″.
  • Blade diameter is 60″.
  • Number of Blades – 3 (Aluminum)
  • CEC Listed: 1.6kW at 18mph
  • Maximum output is approximately 2.2kW (26 to 30mph winds)
  • Average power is approximately 400watts (12 to 14mph winds)
  • Quieter than a whisper with no vibration
  • Optimal install height is along the roof line or approximately 20′.
  • SolAir units can be stacked when more energy generation/storage power is needed.
  • Federal 30% tax credit
  • CA CEC – up to 100% direct rebate!
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • On-grid or Off-Grid – combined DC solar/wind output for simple plug and play.

If you prefer your information in video form, here’s an in-depth video for you:

DyoCore also has a blog with numerous articles that go into more detail on the product if you are really interested in this hybrid micro wind and solar power device.

All images via DyoCore

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  • yogesh

    i want to use wind power for home at india please give me details on yogeshahire25@gmail.com

  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    Good Post Zachary Shahan. Solar is available in day while wind is available both day and night in windy areas. Hybrid systems will assure reliable supply of power. Of Corse synchronisation of power has to be taken care.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore (AP), India
    Wind Energy Expert
    E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com

  • Nbjunk2

    I went to their website and ran the calculator (http://www.dyocore.com/easy_math/easy_math.htm). I use 51kwh/day in my worst month of the year. Plugging this into the calculator, they recommended I buy a 46 windmill, $130,000 system. I would point out that I can get a 5600 watt PV system for under $15,000, and add batteries for a few thousand more. Cute device, but I’m not impressed.

    • Anonymous

      What?! Holy cow :D

  • Paulo

    This looks very promising. Very clever.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so skeptical.

    Small turbines often appear and almost always do not produce enough usable power to make them worth the money. Is there any independent testing on these puppies? Anyone vouch for “vibration free”?

    Sticking that solar panel in a vertical position makes me even more skeptical. Solar panels need to face the sun for decent output. It’s hard to imagine a more inappropriate way to mount a panel. Well, in your basement or back of your closet…

    Finally, mounting the rooftop panels where they are makes me even more skeptical of this operation. Part of the day the wind turbine is going to cast a shadow on the panel, greatly dropping its output.

    Did I mention that I’m skeptical?

    • Anonymous

      Lol, I was totally waiting for this :D

      I don’t know,.. they seem to have gotten some kind of certification (but I’m not familiar with it) — their projected power output is half what it was in a blog post of theirs in Jan 2010 — maybe this is from that.

      The device still seems like it would be useful for many, but not necessarily as good as a solar panel. Something to complement solar panels, I think (or for windy locations).

      & the solar panel on this seems like a minor supplement to the wind turbine — probably mostly for show, doesn’t produce much.

      • Anonymous

        It’s a question about produced watts per dollar. If ones goal is to make an environmental impact it probably makes more sense to find a way to invest in wind farms. Your invested dollars will bring a lot more watts to the grid. (And your earnings can pay your utility bill.)

        Now, if these folks have figured out how to get significant power out of lower speed winds (what seems to allude small turbines) I’d love to hear it. Or, I’d love to see proof.

        I really could use a small turbine to cut/eliminate my gas generator use in cloudy weather but I’ve found nothing small that produces in light winds. A frequent condition for where I live is overcast with light winds.

        I get the big, windy storms but they are less frequent and pass through in a day or so.

        The alternative that does seem to work requires an 80′ tower and about a $5k investment.

        • Anonymous

          :D

          As you know, people won’t necessarily do the most logical/profitable thing.
          But they will do something that’s easy if it looks like it will bring a
          profit. I imagine there is some profit, environmentally and for people’s
          personal finances, in these (that’s what their calculator shows). As far as
          verification, I don’t know much about the validity of the verification
          processes they went through… i think there is no solid verification
          process for small wind (which is a problem for consumers who might buy a
          crappy product and sellers who might have a good product but not have enough
          people who trust its claims).

          with the federal & state incentives, i think most people would benefit from
          these guys (if stats above are close to correct), but yeah, i would love to
          see a demo/proof :D

  • Koolqoroya

    This is great. I wonder how I can purchase this product and also to be an agent to sell it. please do let me know .My email is koolqoroya@gmail.com

    THNX

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