Off the Grid or On, Solar and Wind Power Gain

Wilmington, Vermont [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The wind whips up in Dale Doucette’s expansive backyard, furiously spinning the blades on his 80-foot-tall silver wind turbine and leaving a broad smile on his square-jawed face. The gusts nudge the voltage on his battery bank and help power Doucette’s wood-carving saw, as well as the PC, printer and recessed lights in his wife Michele’s home-based chiropractic office. But overcast skies mean the Doucettes’ 10 solar panels won’t be as productive as usual. So his two teenage sons can use the computer but not the TV or GameCube…

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