September 27

wind turbine generator

If you live in the mid-section of the United States, chance are one of these may have contributed to your electricity usage today.  This generator had just arrived at the location where it would be set on top of the stem, blades added and then wired to the system that turns wind in to electricity.

In the background, behind the foreground activity, you can see one wind turbine and the generator on the stem.  From a distance, they don’t look as huge as they are — as large or larger than the semi-truck that hauled in the unit.

These turbines are just east of the Wilton Energy Center at the newly commissioned Baldwin Energy Center.  Crews have worked two or three shifts a day to get the Baldwin Center on line.  When the large Manitowoc crane was done with this pick, it was moved down the road to the next turbine site.  The crane was as wide as the road, there was no passing, just following, much like the oiler who kept the tracks well oiled as the crane walked down the gravel to the next site.

Wind power electricity generation is becoming very popular in North Dakota.  How close are you to a wind farm in your neighborhood?

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One thought on “September 27

  1. Thanks a million for sharing such neat photos and information for persons such as myself located here in Eastern North Carolina. You guys out west have the wind and not the people, well not the numbers we have here on the eastern seaboard.

    We really need to implement this renewable energy source here in the state of North Carolina for the mere numbers of persons here in the state consume millions of kilowatt hours yearly adding to our carbon footprint.

    What do you do?

    Well, engineers are presently conversing with bureaucratic authorities in an effort to implement a wind farm off the coast of our beaches. They would be miles offshore and would barely be visible with the unaided eye from the shoreline but there are so many voices against it.

    However i am certain these are the same folks that live in extravagant housing utilizing and consuming more electricity than some others. LOL

    Perhaps we should consider downscaling and go back to heating our homes with wood heat energies but then the demand placed on our forestry resources would be overwhelming.

    We have just reached the carrying capacity of our land with all of this great influx of people….

    wow..

    Chris Harrell – Eastern NC

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