About

I’ve created this blog to document some of my experiences building a small wind turbine, to share ideas with other builders and perhaps to encourage other people who wish to live their domestic life off the electricity grid.

If you want to build a wind turbine I recommend following the books and advice of Hugh Piggott and/or Otherpower. They know what they are talking about and are most people’s primary sources and influence.

This blog is in no way intended to be an instruction manual. I’m exploring different techniques and materials which I have been thinking about since attending Hugh Piggott’s workshop in Crann Og in 2008. Some of my ideas are wildly eccentric while others may turn out to be practical in the long run.

I live in the south west of Ireland. Our family home is completely off-grid, running on photovoltaic solar, one small wind turbine (so far!) and a back-up generator which we use less and less as time goes by.

We think we get by quite nicely on less electricity than most households waste on standby, but of course when we’re not at home we blend in with the other 4.8 million Irish people who collectively burn about 160,000 barrels of oil every day.

Building wind turbines is very educational and great fun. Please feel free to add comments.

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