Wind Turbine | A Small Town Project

How I See It

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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4 thoughts on “Wind Turbine | A Small Town Project

  1. Sylvia Jackson

    There are fields of these around Abilene, TX. I see them when I go visit my Dad out in West Texas. I also see the huge blades being hauled on trucks, as we live about 2 blocks from a major highway with lots of truck traffic. I think the turbines are used for electricity & understand they do a real good job. The wind blows most all the time around Abilene.

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    1. Melanie in IA

      We see the long flatbed trucks here, too. I remember the first time I saw one of the blades moving along the highway, in an oncoming lane. I couldn’t think for the life of me what it was! Of course now we see them almost any time we’re on the highway. And yes, the turbines do generate electricity, very effectively.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    2. Jim in IA Post author

      I think it’s a great thing to utilize those rivers of moving air that are so common around the world. Rivers are moving water are used to generate electricity. Perhaps because we can see the water and not see the air, people are reluctant or less motivated to do it. It is a waste of a valuable and clean resource.

      Thank you for your comment.

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