When his wife asked him to curtail their power utility bills, the St. Mary’s County, Maryland, resident Rich Johnson set out to create a 115 feet wind turbine next to their home along the shoreline. His windmill – now completed – provides his residence with 60 percent of the required power at a 10 mph wind. Johnson speculates that a 13 mph wind will trim down 96 percent of his energy costs. So, in six years, the turbine will pay off its installation costs.
He was on pins and needles for two long years to bring his windmill into existence – sometimes devising blueprints; though at times, he was busy pleading his case with the County Commissioner, the Navy and the State’s Critical Area Commission. Eventually, State Senator Roy Dyson steered his way through above hitches.