U.S. Embassy Installing Micro Wind Power

The League of Green Embassies is working to incorporate the best in new, energy-efficient products and technologies from U.S. companies in embassies around the world. Recently, we received word that one of the members of this 80-member consortium–the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland–will feature micro-wind turbine manufacturer WindStream Technologies’ TurboMill.

The installation was highlighted at recent embassy press event with Vice President Joe Biden on March 8. During the event, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Bruce Oreck, said, in a statement, “U.S. embassies are perfect venues to illustrate U.S. green leadership. We want to promote U.S. companies with intelligent building products, services and technologies. WindStream’s innovative product fits well into this effort.”

WindStream TurboMill

image via WindStream Technologies

WindStream’s TurboMill micro wind turbines reportedly will reduce the embassy’s demand on the local grid, as well as its energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. These units are said to be rugged enough to hold up to Finland’s harsh winters for many years to come, and should the embassy wish to add more such turbines in the future, no problem–the system is scalable, so more units can be added as energy needs grow. The product is said to generate energy even from light winds at 4-5 miles per hour, which means these turbines could, at least according to the manufacturer, generate electricity through all four seasons.

WindStream Technologies–based in New Albany, Indiana–designs, manufactures and markets its micro-wind turbines for governments, municipalities, businesses and residences. Its partially-enclosed TurboMill technology is reportedly said to make wind power accessible to residential and urban areas where traditional turbines don’t work due to noise restrictions and aesthetic impact.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

  • MS

    This is completely BS. That small cross section area ain’t gonna reduce dependence on local grid.