and if located near an airport they could reduce take off ground runs.....Hey, here's an idea!
During times of low demand run the wind turbines in reverse using the excess power from the coal plants. They would generate more wind which can be used during the peak demand periods.:roll:
When I visited the wind farm at Tehachapi, the engineer guiding our tour said some turbines could be driven like fans, but only at some ungodly slow speed. I seem to recall that they used that feature to position blades for maintenance or inspections. I know that there are a couple of conspiracy theory websites that say that wind turbines can be powered to create the illusion of productivity, but I've yet to see a reputable citation for that assertion.Actually, they do run the turbines in reverse sometimes near highways so folks will think they are working more than they normally do...
We registered our grass strip after about 10 years of use. They were expanding cell phone towers in our direction and on downwind you are over the highest peak in the area and sure didn't want a cell tower there. It went on the top of a hill on the other side of the river about 2 miles away.I thank you all for the advice and council and some entertainment. I finished filling out the form to register my strip today. So I will see if it makes some kind of positive effect.
It's comforting to hear that only one wind turbine has ever caught fire (picture 3 shows two burning at the same time) I think wind turbine propaganda goes both ways :gig:Anti wind turbine lobbies are huge!
They are full of NIMBY propaganda and video of the only wind turbine that ever caught fire!
That sounds a bit bogus to me. Just looked at an electric bill. Depending on the time of year, our house uses 10 to 25 kWh daily. In other words, we average around 400 to 1,000 watts. I know someone who covered most of the south facing part of his roof with solar panels. I can't remember if he averages zero use or if his bills are just way down. I suppose people who are further south might use more in the summer, but they get more sun as well.I used to work with a guy that moonlighted installing backup generators (residential use).
We got talking about alternative power sources and came up with a wild guesstimate that solar is only about 50% efficient. That is, if your house needs 20kw you would need at least a 40kw solar array, assuming your energy storage is 100% efficient. We based this on an estimate of the number of hours of daylight, clouds, etc.