Small Wind Power Front and Center for Presidential Inauguration

Mariah Power and Southwest Windpower both have units installed at the United States Botanic Garden, currently contributing to Washington, D.C.’s power grid.

The Obama administration is calling for hope and change — including a substantial shift in our energy usage toward using cleaner, renewable energy. The wind turbine installations at the U.S. Botanic Garden are a visual representation of the future of renewable energy. Small wind is an example of new technologies born of necessity and innovation and a newly accessible solution for home owners and businesses who want to participate in the forthcoming renewable energy revolution, the companies said.

“We are all in this energy crisis together and it is going to take everyone’s participation to work our way out of it,” said Andy Kruse, co-founder of Southwest Windpower. “Our backyards and roofs are capable of converting wind into energy that can power our homes and eventually our cars.”

The units represent the two primary classes of wind turbines. Mariah’s Windspire is a vertical axis design, in which the rotor spins around the center pole. Southwest’s Skystream is a horizontal axis design, in which the rotor spins around a hub located on the top of the pole. 

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