Buying Alternative Energy Items at

March 10th, 2009 · 7 Comments

There are a lot of new articles, television shows and blog posts about going green and alternative energy lately.  However, did you know that you can buy alternative energy supplies at  Costco sells both wind generators and solar power kits now.  I’ve seen some of the solar power items before at but those were mostly the chargers, but I’ve definitely never seen the little windmills before.  While they’re not a big solar panel array or a full-sized wind generator, they’re great first steps into this space for Costco and I’m really impressed that they are selling these kinds of things now.

Solar Power Kits

There are several ways that you can buy your solar power kits at solar panel back-up kits, solar charger, and solar battery maintainers too.  The solar back-up kits are really great if you’re just looking for something to serve as a backup to your regular power grid, but you could also use them to power your RV, boat, or remote cabin that can’t get on the grid.

Solar Power Kits from Costco

Solar Power Kits from Costco

  • The Sunforce 246 Watt Solar Panel Back-Up Kit is the largest kit that you can find on and it comes with everything you’ll need to get your solar power up and running.   You get two 123 Watt Crystalline Sharp solar module panels, a 30 amp digital charge controller, and a Xantrex XPower inverter 175 plus for $1,699.99, including delivery.  So, you can charge 12V batteries, as well as consumer electronics like cell phones, laptop computers, and lights.
  • The other option at is the Coleman CL3900 60W solar back-up power kit with CL100 1.5W battery maintainer and inverter.  This one does about a quarter of the size of the Sunforce kit, but could be good for something where you need just a little power, like a boat.
  • To see the selection of battery maintainers and chargers (four in all), check out the Solar Power Kits page at

Wind Generators

There are only two wind generators (that’s a wind mill to you and me) and they are both from the same company.  But wow, I’m impressed that Costco’s selling anything like this at all.  In general, wind generators are cheaper than solar panels, I’ve noticed, and the stuff at Costco is no different.  Not to mention, you can get wind power during the day and the night, unlike with solar.  For each of these wind turbines you get everything you need to get them going, except the extension pole.

Wind Generators from Costco

Wind Generators from Costco

  • The Whisper 100 is a 900 Watt wind generator, and the largest that you can get at  This wind mill’s 900 Watts is also twice as much as you can achieve with the largest solar power kit mentioned above.  So, this is certainly a great back up option if you’ve got the space for one.   This wind generator is $1,899.99, including delivery, and can produce up to 100kWh per month with an average wind speed of 12 MPH.  Plus, it has carbon fiber blades so you won’t get a lot of wind noise.  Of course, this is pretty small so it isn’t like one of those huge wind mills in any case.
  • And then there is the little version, the Air X 400 Watt Wind Turbine.  Amazingly, this little wind turbine can generate up to 400W of power and weighs only 13 pounds!  And it is just over 2 foot in diameter.  So small you could easily have one just about anywhere.  And this little thing  generates almost as much as the largest solar power kit, however, it only costs $569.99, including delivery.  They also claim that this wind turbine can start generating energy at just 7 mph wind speed.

Now, all of these options, both solar and wind, are pretty much geared toward back up power or small power needs; you’re not going to be able to run your 4 bedroom house with all kinds of electronics and appliances on just 900W of power, most likely.  Of course, maybe if you set up your own little wind farm or solar panel array you could make it work for a bigger property.


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7 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Kimberly // 2009.03.13 at 8:21 am

    Thanks, Cynthia! Glad to hear you like the blog & find it useful. 🙂

  2. 2 Global Knives Available at // 2009.03.12 at 1:05 pm

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  3. 3 Cynthia // 2009.03.12 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks a bunch Kimberly. I really like your site a lot and visit everyday.

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2009.03.12 at 9:03 am

    Cynthia, I’ll be posting about the coupon book tomorrow with a full list of all of the coupons. I do know there’s a Starbuck’s coffee coupon but I don’t see a baby wipe coupon.

  5. 5 Kimberly // 2009.03.12 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for the offer, Clue, but I’ve got it covered this month.

  6. 6 Cynthia // 2009.03.11 at 1:44 pm

    I have been waiting for coupons and I really needed them for my daughter’s bday on 15th. I was hoping that they would be valid from 14th, looks like that’s not the case….. I am happy that atleast we are getting some coupons. Are there coffee and baby wipes coupons?

  7. 7 Clue // 2009.03.11 at 7:32 am

    Kim, I have the new list of Costco coupons, which are valid 3/16-4/5. Email me if you’d like it, its a pretty long list this time.

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