Let’s face it: wind farms are NOT going to catch on in the residential space, or are they!? In the past even those wealthy enough to afford a wind turbine required special permits and the requisite space to operate them safely. The rest of us were stuck with solar panels.

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that’s ideal for urban settings; it’s compact and quiet, and its yearly output averages between 300 and 2500 kilowatts, depending on wind speed and roof height. You can also place more than one of these windmills on your roof for added power, or combine them with solar panels so you have a backup source of energy on still days. The price in Holland will be € 3,999 (approximately $5,452 USD), and a mini-LIAM will soon be available as well. These turbines will be available for consumers to order as of June 1st, 2014. Very, very cool.

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.