Science Energy Windspire: 1 kW Wind Turbine for Your Backyard By Collin Dunn Managing Editor Pacific Lutheran University BA, English Colin Dunn is a writer and former managing editor of TreeHugger. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Collin Dunn Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Energy Renewable Energy Fossil Fuels With its sleek, bladeless design and capacity to produce nearly 2000 kilowatt hours per year, the Windspire might just inspire some YIMBYism -- that's Yes, In My BackYard -- about wind power. At 30 feet tall and 2 feet wide, the propeller-less design is bird-safe, relatively quiet. It produces about 25 decibels of noise at five feet, roughly equivalent to the average noise of a residential neighborhood at night. And doesn't take much breeze to get it spinning. It fires up at 8 mph, and is rated to survive 100 mph gusts. It comes with a wireless modem that connects to your computer, so you can sit back and watch the energy in action at any time. At about $4,000, it ain't exactly cheap. At 10 cents a kilowatt, it'll take about 20 years to get any return on your investment. But, it sure is cool and sure beats getting your energy from coal-fired power plants, which pretty much sucks.