New Online Application Checks Wind Speed, Helps Consumers Decide About Wind Power

Application Answers the Question `Do I Have Enough Wind?'

Today Southwest Windpower unveiled a new Internet application that allows residential and small business customers to learn their on-site wind energy potential. My Wind Speed lets customers easily and instantly evaluate a potential investment in a small wind turbine. Powered by 3TIER's renewable energy information services platform, this application harnesses the most accurate, scientifically derived wind resource data available today.

Knowledge of local wind resources is key to evaluating the potential of a distributed wind energy system, whether for a backyard or a business. A qualified dealer can help with the next steps, including locating the turbine on a property, getting a building permit and utility interconnection.

"Southwest Windpower is committed to utilizing the best technology available to help our prospective customers develop the most robust assessments of their wind energy opportunities worldwide," said R. Dixon Thayer, CEO of Southwest Windpower. "Integrating 3TIER wind resource data into our assessment process ensures customers get the most accurate and reliable picture of the potential power they will receive from our turbines."

Southwest Windpower is the first wind turbine manufacturer to utilize 3TIER's Application Programming Interface (API) to generate site-specific wind ratings online for customers. With 3TIER, Southwest Windpower now provides consumers with the best data for informed decision-making about small wind power.

"A small wind turbine is a significant investment, so it's critically important to empower homeowners and small businesses with the information they need to make decisions with confidence. Only 3TIER can offer that anywhere in the world," said Kenneth Westrick, founder and CEO of 3TIER.

Southwest Windpower encourages anyone interested in its Skystream, AIR or Whisper turbines to start with My Wind Speed. With easy-to-understand energy potential rating (poor, moderate or excellent), the application provides a starting point. A local authorized dealer can provide additional information and perform a more detailed on-site review.

My Wind Speed is available for use now at

About Southwest Windpower
Southwest Windpower is the recognized global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of distributed wind systems (400 - 3,000 watts). Since its inception more than 22 years ago, the company has built and shipped over 170,000 wind turbines to more than 120 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona, it also has operations in Cologne Germany and a joint venture in Ningbo, China. Applications for the company's products include residential homes, commercial properties, micro grids, remote cabins, telecom transmitters, offshore platforms, water pumping and sailboats.

The company has received substantial support from its investors including Altira Group, Chevron Technology Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services, NGP Energy Technology Partners, PCG Clean Energy Technology Fund and RockPort Capital Partners. On the Web:

About 3TIER
Founded in 1999, Seattle-based 3TIER is one of the largest independent providers of wind, solar, and hydro energy assessment and power forecasting worldwide. People around the world turn to 3TIER when they want the best scientific information to make decisions about renewable energy projects - from the prospecting stage to operations.
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