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Old 01-16-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I am trying to find the best place for small renewable (residential wind and solar) on the east side of the US. I would like it to be a place that gets snow but not more than SE Michigan does. Average storm is about 2-3" with high of 8". I would also like for there to be a decent amount of rainfall. A place with a population of 10-30k would do.

I have been looking so hard but it is just a pain. So I turn here to get ideas from people in other places.

Thanks
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:29 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Anyone?
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Not sure of any whole communities in the eastern US (which tends to lag behind many western states in terms of renewable energy), but in any given city you can find individuals who have pledged to live a sustainable lifestyle (solar panels, composting, reclaiming brown water, etc). As for a whole town, the only places that springs to mind are Santa Fe (larger town) and Taos (smaller town) because they have a decent population of "earthship" homes that are premised on a sustainable lifestyle.

For more info on earthships, check this out:

Earthship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:57 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The eastern US does not get as much sunshine as the western part of the country. That's probably why it's hard to find such places east of the Mississippi.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Yeah I definitely do not want to live on the west because of my family but the Midwest is okay too like Montana ND and SD and Nebraska. I will check out those cities you mentioned (goozer)
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Sullivan, Maine
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I'd recommend Maine, anything around the southern part, inland (around Lewiston, or even Augusta midcoast). Many people here are using wind power, individual windmills and there are more and more windfarms up here now, as well as solar power. As long as you stay away from the eastern part of the state there's not a whole lot more snow than SE Michigan. Rain is a good bet too - plenty of everything out here.
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