Making your own power is getting much more mainstream
Along with small scale hydro there are some small wind options that can work in the Adirondacks. Newer systems can have building mounted turbines that capture wind at roof levels. The is the list of small wind options that are eligible for NYSERDA funding.
Here is a Case Study of a funded project that generates close to twice the electric power that an average single New York home uses.
The current deal on New York State wind incentives.
Wind Power FAQS
Precise wind data for New York. Zoom to your exact location.
Personal Solar Power
Watch a Lake Placid homeowner turn on his new system that makes more power than his house uses.
A useful zip code-based form is on this page. Local deals and installers too.
A nice estimator showing costs and saving by street address
Get the book 'A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office: Navigating the Maze of Solar
Options, Incentives and Installers