Southwest Windpower has taken its place as a leader in the wind energy industry. In 1987 David Calley and Andy Kruse who built their first 300 watt wind generator (WindSeeker) from a modified Ford alternator. The company has come a long way from those humble beginnings.
In 1994, Southwest Windpower introduced a series of battery charging wind turbines, the AIR Marine, AIR Wind Module, and Air Industrial, shipped to over 100 countries around the world. In 2000, they partnered with NREL to develop a wind turbine to reduce or even reverse a consumer's electrical meter (see net metering). The end product of this partnership is being introduced in 2005.
2005 was a good year for Southwest Windpower, as it was for many companies in wind and other renewable energy industries. Southwest Windpower relocated its production facilities, doubled in isze from its previous facilities.
The company was also featured on the 2 hour season finale of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition." Southwest donated a hybrid wind energy system to the family home of PFC Lori Piestewa, one of the first American soldiers to die in Iraq.
In 2004, Southwest shared an "Outstanding Research and Development Partnership" award with NREL, given by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).
Southwest is maker of the Whisper and the Whisper Link system that combines grid connected performance and quiet, smooth operation. Integrated with the grid, Southwest systems can reduce or even replace all energy from the grid.