George HW Bush installs Skystream wind turbine at Kennebunkport home

Today’s Portland Press Herald paper writes that former President George H.W. Bush has installed a wind turbine to provide much of the power at his Kennebunkport residence in Maine.

The wind turbine, a Skystream 3.7 model, is capable of generating electricity once wind speed reaches 8 mph, said Bob Greig, president of All Season Home Improvement Co. in Augusta, which installed the windmill.

The structure can produce an estimated 400 kilowatts a month at a wind speed of 12 mph. An average household uses about 600 kilowatts a month, Greig said.

The Skystream model connects to the utility grid, Greig said. When the turbine does not produce enough electricity, a home will start drawing electricity from its power company. If the turbine produces excess energy, the excess will feed into the grid and the homeowner will receive credits from the power company.

The Bushes’ summer home needs little power during the winter, Greig said, so the wind turbine will likely feed energy to Central Maine Power Co.

“When he comes up, he should have a substantial credit on his bill to start off the summer,” Greig said of Bush.

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