The small southeast Iowa town of New London started construction of a 1.5 MW wind turbine on Oct. 24, 2011. We visited a local farm family and were taken to the site for a close look at what was involved. I wanted to document the size and scope of the equipment needed for such an installation. The ladder into a doorway on the left side of the tower gives a sense of size.
The utility board for the community has historically purchased electric energy from a coop. They felt this installation could help to reduce their long term costs by selling the energy produced by the turbine. It was not expected to produce 100% of the energy needed by the town. But, the energy produced would defray a significant fraction of that which they were now purchasing.
Allow me to promote wind energy production in the state of Iowa. The
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