NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) - It's the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. It won't go online until sometime next week, but when it does, it will cut Ron and Pat Engleman's electric bills at least in half.
What is it? It's a wind turbine.
You'll understand why we asked when you get your first look at it. It's not like anything we've ever seen.
"This is a residential turbine, enough to help us out with our electric a little bit," said Ron Engleman.
The Engleman's live in an all electric home. It's expensive and with the rising power prices and the talk of ending all-electric discounts, they got to thinking green. Maybe the answer was blowing in the wind.
Enter American Green Energy, who's owner, Don Blocksom, began thinking about wind power while in the Army in Europe and seeing it used widely there.
"Because it's an all electric home, they do heat with electricity it's gonna do anywhere from 50 to 85% of their total electric consumption for the year," said Don Blocksom.
At four kilowatts, the tower should pay for it's $35,000 cost in anywhere from 7-10 years. It needs winds of 7-22 miles per hour to generate power.
The wind turbine pays dividends even when a home owner is not using any power. As long as those blades are spinning it's producing power that goes back into the power grid. The homeowners meter will spin backwards.
There is a lot of wiring and construction to do and a lot of permits to get. Don says once cities get over the shock of a request to build a tower, they're excited about the possibilities. Most cities allow wind towers, and Uncle Sam encourages them with cash.
You get 30% of whatever you spend back from the Federal government as an income tax refundable credit.
We didn't find any neighbors who objected, certainly some might. But at the height of a phone pole with no wires coming off of it, it appears the way of the future.