Archive for June, 2009

Belmar Housing Authority and The Big Wind install anemometers

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The Belmar Housing Authority’s Executive Director Paul Caverly and The Big Wind (with the help of Belmar resident Mike Supko, Sr.)  installed an anemometer on the roof of 710 8th Avenue at the suggestion of Belmar Mayor Ken Pringle.

Belmar Mayor Ken Pringle and The Big Wind install anemometers.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Mayor Ken Pringle of Belmar, New Jersey, recently began collecting wind data at his home, using a Zephyr Weather Center with PC Interface anemometer provided by The Big Wind.

The Mayor’s step-by-step review demonstrates how easy it is to set up and start recording real time data to help determine if a site is suitable for installing an Urban Green Energy (UGE) wind turbine from The Big Wind. The same kind of anemometer will be used at the 5th Street Pavilion and other designated spots around the boro.

The Big Wind will install an anemometer on the Belmar Housing Authority’s six-story building located at 710 8th Avenue, tomorrow (6/23/2009). Pictures of the install to be posted!

The Big Wind Sweeps Green Energy into the Northeast

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Individuals, businesses, and communities are now

able to reduce energy costs and produce clean energy

using vertical axis wind turbines.

The Big Wind LLC has signed on as New Jersey’s exclusive distributor for Urban Green Energy, an international manufacturer of vertical access wind turbines or VAWTs, an innovative technology that embodies a new, grassroots approach to clean energy production. The agreement represents founder Gregory Hart’s answer to President Barack Obama’s call for Americans “to finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy.”

“Wind energy addresses some of the most compelling issues we face today,” says Hart, who serves as President and CEO of the green energy start-up. “Reducing energy costs is a major component of the ‘small wind’ movement, but VAWTs offer solutions to additional challenges – preserving the environment for future generations, moving toward energy independence, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and harnessing one of our most powerful renewable resources, wind.”

To encourage the use of renewable energy, federal and state governments are now offering tax incentives for the implementation of a range of technologies. According to DSIRE, a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, the U.S. Government provides a 30% tax credit for both commercial and residential installation and implementation of small wind technology (businesses may apply for the credit as a cash rebate). In New Jersey, several additional tax incentives and rebate programs may also be applicable.

As individuals, businesses, and communities increase their focus on cost-effective, renewable energy solutions, innovators are eager to develop and deliver a new generation of products to meet growing consumer demand. VAWTs serve as just one element of a much-needed, comprehensive solution to the country’s evolving energy needs. The Big Wind’s product line includes VAWTs that produce energy at a range of levels, from as little as 1 kilowatt (kW) (appropriate for an individual homeowner) to 4 kW (suitable for powering small- to medium-sized commercial buildings) to 10 kW (for powering larger commercial structures) and beyond. Depending on each end user’s needs and circumstances, VAWTs can be installed on a rooftop or mounted on a pole directly attached to the ground.

Municipal, county, and state governments are exploring the potential benefits to implementing community wind farms to control exploding energy costs and pass the savings along to taxpayers.

“I have spent the last several years researching opportunities for bringing our energy production into the 21st century,” says Hart. “VAWTs caught my attention because they give control back to the end user, who can choose to supplement their existing power usage, go completely off-grid, store any excess energy they produce, or sell it back to the power company.”

“I was also struck by how they look, which is nothing short of beautiful,” he adds. “These wind turbines are like a functional piece of art.”

The distinction between vertical axis wind turbines and their traditional horizontal axis counterparts is simple, but makes an enormous difference in their operation. The main axis of a VAWT is perpendicular to the ground and offers a variety of functional advantages, according to manufacturer Urban Green Energy.

Generally speaking, VAWTs are:

  • Not affected by the direction of the wind, which is useful in areas where the wind changes direction frequently or quickly. Unlike traditional horizontal axis wind turbines, a yaw mechanism (which rotates the turbine toward the wind) is not necessary, so VAWTs outperform horizontal axis turbines in areas where a tall tower isn’t feasible or obstacles are located nearby.
  • Able to harvest turbulent air flow found around buildings and other obstacles, and generally turn at lower wind speeds than their traditional counterparts.
  • Ideal for rural, suburban, exurban, and urban applications, including rooftops installations.
  • Able to generate energy during a general power outage.
  • Simple to install and easy to maintain.
  • Quiet and bird-friendly.

“We have an unprecendented opportunity to change the future,” Hart says. “Being complacent about energy is no longer an option.”

The Big Wind sells, plans, and implements the installation of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs), an innovative technology that allows energy to be generated on a small scale to meet the individual needs of the end user.


Gregory Hart, President/CEO
Phone: 609.902.0157

Jennifer Bohanan, VP, Marketing
Phone: 315.632.4860