ERG4ALL wrote:Johnr wrote:Check out the Skystream - a small wind turbine with built-in net-metering inverter - you can connect it directly to your house wiring and be running your meter backwards just like that, plug-and-play: http://www.skystreamenergy.com/
I'd be very careful about any "plug-and-play" set up plugged into house wiring and hence the grid. Although all inverters are required to shut down when they cannot sense power from the grid, there are several lockouts involved to meet code. These guarantee that the utility can physically lock out your system to protect a lineman from getting electrocuted from back-feed current.
True - to meet code and safety requirements, one would need a separate breaker and a disconnect. And the connections must be checked by an inspector, and the utility must be notified. I didn't mean you should literally plug it in to some outlet - that would be illegal and pose safety concerns. But I call it "plug-and-play" because you don't need to add an inverter - all the main components are built-in. Sorry if I was misleading.