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Re: +Just wondering about them mini hydro turbine units+

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Posted by Ludwig on October 21, 2002 at 12:24:56 from (

In Reply to: +Just wondering about them mini hydro turbine units+ posted by Mike D. on October 21, 2002 at 09:12:02:

Bob's right, but microhydro and wind are cheaper sources of power than batteries.
Its been said on here and I'll say it again, you'll never make any money with alternative power unless theres some overriding difficulty keeping you from grid power, like being miles from the nearest powerline. Grid power is WAY too cheap to ever make it worth it.

Now, that said if you like the idea of having your own power and not being subject to the whim of the grid, go for it. If you predict that power prices will continue to climb and you don't want to watch it, go for it.

Another kind of cool thing thats more practical than batteries is to just feed your power back into the grid. Its called utility intertie and must be done carefully so that grid workers don't get hurt if the grid is down and they're trying to restore it.
Basically when you produce more power than you use you spin the utility meter backwards. In some states the utility is then required to BUY the power from you. Of course you'd only get wholesale rates. Remember what I said about not making money...

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