Dirty Energy & Fuel vespa contest

Published on October 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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Chance to Win Vespa! (from Wind Power Innovator)

This post brought to you by Sauer Energy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Energy costs just keep on rising, with only short respites that allow us to stay complacent to pending environmental and energy shortage crises.

This has an effect on all of us every day. Even if we don’t drive and we power our house with clean power sources like wind and solar power, which use “free” fuel, the prices of everything are affected by rising dirty energy prices. Transportation of goods and electricity costs rise for most people and businesses, and those costs are passed on to everyone.

But, if we jump on the clean, green energy bandwagon now, at least, we can at least revel in our own electricity and transportation savings.

Small Wind Power Growth

While solar power is a well-known clean energy option for individuals, one less well-known option that is growing in popularity fast is small-scale or micro wind. As I reported over on sister site CleanTechnica recently (after a sneak preview of some new data on the matter), the small wind turbine market grew 26% in 2010. 8,000 small wind turbines were sold in 2010.

Furthermore, another recent report projects that the market will continue growing rapidly. From another article on the topic this month: “By 2015, the installed capacity small wind turbine market is projected to go from 50MW to 152MW.”

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Sauer Energy’s Innovative Micro Wind Turbines

Sauer Energy is one of the companies pioneering small wind turbine technology. I’ve had my eye on it for awhile. And wrote about it here on Planetsave back in June. The company produces a vertical-axis wind turbine that is quite quiet, small enough to fit on houses and office buildings, and less harmful to wildlife than large wind turbines.

Chance to Win a Vespa from Sauer Energy!

Now, writing about the company numerous times, I think I’ve gotten to know the folks there a little bit. And I can tell you that I think the company is really environmentally minded and wants to help solve the environmental and energy crises we are facing (and is doing so).

In addition to producing clean energy wind technology for small-scale use, it’s also rewarding some lucky greenies by hosting a contest to win a Vespa LX 50 4V (maybe not quite as green as a bike, but clearly one of the greenest transportation options out there).

How to Win a Vespa?

There are 2 easy ways to enter the contest. You can:

  1. Leave a comment on this post saying which color Vespa you would choose if you win or
  2. Tweet the following message: ”I can feel the #WIND flying through my hair when I cruise around on my Vespa! Thanks http://bit.ly/SauerEnergy!

Official contest rules are linked above. Good luck! (Wish I was eligible to participate!)

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About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.francisco.10 Charlotte Francisco

    I would LOVE a Purple Vespa…I currently walk 3 miles to work and would LOVE to ride my NEW PURPLE VESPA!!! (Seriously…I’d take any color Vespa you have available!) Char7111@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1094208524 Sherri Napohaku

    To promote the give-a-away’s cause of working to reduce our energy consumption for the health of our planet, I’d like to be entered into the contest for a GREEN Vespa. Thank you for helping some one person to be empowered to promote and contribute to the saving of our habitat.

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/zshahan/ Zachary Shahan

      Sorry, the contest is now closed, but thank you for your comment and efforts anyway!

  • Kim DeSoto

    I would love a robin’s egg blue vespa!

  • Ron

    A blue will be great !!

  • http://www.suchcoolstuff.net/ Holly

    I would be so very happy with a Celeste Blue Vespa!

  • Cassandra

    Plum Color Vespa

  • http://www.kaelacomontofski.com Kaela Comontofski

    I would love seafoam green if they have it, otherwise celeste blue would be great! :)

  • Rebecca

    I think daring plum is darling.

  • Ribs

    We’ve long been a forward thinking country and, though it feels we have strayed off path, I still look forward to finding out what might happen in the future.

    Daring plum.

  • Janine B

    Wow, what a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! I’d choose the Daring Plum! :)
    janeener (a) gmail (dot) com

  • http://www.lifeinbeta.com Amanda

    I’d love to win the “Daring Plum” Vespa!

  • Steve
  • Steve

    I’d want midnight blue for my vespa. Thanx!

    https://twitter.com/#!/FlyersFanInSJ/statuses/128164730920648705

  • Amanda Owens

    I would love to win this Vespa in Orange! This would be amazing to have!

  • Sophia Sutton

    Green is the color for me! Thank you so much for this opportunity to receive such a great gift!

  • Xamtune

    I would LOVE me a sexy yellow vespa to cruise to and fro!

  • michelle rosborough
  • Latonya R

    I would choose the red vespa. Fit for me! Hope I win.

  • sravi

    I would love to win a blue color vespa. Thank u.

  • sravi

    I’d choose green vespa. Will be apt to the purpose!

  • ccfitz

    Oooo, Espresso Bronze, please.

  • Rachel A.

    I would love a “Midnight Blue” Vespa!

  • Emily

    i would looooveeee to have a baby blue vespa!!!! <3

  • Chuck

    I would want a flat black!
    I like wind and solar, because it available for the individual to purchase or build. I think the key for the future power generation is distributed power generation. Everyone produces a little power for the whole to use.
    I just like the way windmills look on house! haha

  • Emily

    i would loooooveeee to have a baby blue vespa!! <3

  • Taylor

    I’d like the “Midnight Blue” colored Vespa!

    It’s super interesting to see the expanded growth in the number of wind turbines. There needs to be more government incentives for wind farm production!

  • http://www.jacoballred.com Jacob Allred

    I’d choose Dragon Red.

  • Jack

    I’d pick a black vespa.

  • Daniel

    I want a yellow one like on FLCL

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Hermionejh Jerri Higgins

    I would love to win a Celeste Blue Vespa! Thanks for participating in the contest, Planetsave. Cheers!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Hermionejh Jerri Higgins

    I’d love to have a Celeste Blue Vespa! How fantastic that would be! Thanks for participating in the contest, Planetsave. :-)

  • Brian Doherty

    I would choose Green

  • http://ecolture.com Kristin Caringer

    White would clearly be my choice of color for my Vespa! I’d be looking like lighting through the streets of New York, but oh so green

  • http://upcycledlove.com Lynn Fang

    I would want Midnight Blue!

  • Jared

    I would want the “Midnight Blue” color on my Vespa.

  • http://www.farmacyagency.com susan

    I’ve always wanted a seafoam green Vespa!

  • James Zampathas

    I would like a blue or green VESPA. Wind power, and solar power both contribute to energy independence, for us as individuals, and our society as a whole.

  • William

    I would love to win a blue Vespa.

  • http://www.JoeMohrToons.com Joe

    I’d choose the color “Daring Plum”.

    I’ve often been called a daring plum, who knew I had a color!

    -Joe

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