Wind-powered electric systems convert wind into electricity. As the air flows past the rotor of a wind turbine, the rotor spins and drives the shaft of an electric generator.
Properly designed wind systems can produce electricity that's cost-competitive with or even lower than conventional energy sources in a variety of settings ranging from urban areas to remote farmland. Wind systems can operate for more than 20 years, even under harsh conditions. Low cost and reliability make wind power the fastest growing renewable energy technology in the U.S.
In the D.C. area, wind has the most potential along ridgelines and coastlines. We are monitoring ongoing developments in smaller-scale, low-velocity technology for its potential in urban and suburban residential and business settings.
Switch is unique among D.C.-area renewable energy companies in having a founder with project management and financing experience in very large-scale energy projects. Over the course of his career, Chris Graves has been responsible for a total of almost $3 billion in energy development. So whether your project is big for you ($10,000) or just plain big ($10,000,000), Switch can help – from justifying a project to your CEO or board, to financing, to ensuring successful implementation.
Wind installers vary in experience, but in reality, no one has more experience than the manufacturers' designers and installers. So our philosophy is to call on these experts to customize installations to each client's needs and each site's idiosyncracies. And because we can choose from different manufacturers, we can provide you with the best thinking in the industry – in addition to the best product lines.
Some installers are distributors for only one brand of equipment. By dealing with one of the largest distributors in the U.S., Switch can offer you the very best technology for your needs. And, of course, whenever improvements are made or a new technology appears, we'll be ready and able to assess it and install it for you.
Switch has established relationships with some of the area's highest-rated electricians and roofers. We use their Master Electricians and Certified Roofers to install our systems – far exceeding the in-house expertise of competitors in these critical areas.
With this in-depth experience behind our work, we're able to extend the industry's typical labor guarantee from one year to five. If anything goes wrong with your system during the first five years, we will fix it. (The usual legal caveats about bad behavior on your part apply, of course.)