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Title: Wind Power for Home & Business: Renewable ...
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1993
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In 1993, Chelsea Green published Paul Gipe's landmark guide to the newest and best techniques for harvesting wind energy with small and medium-sized turbines. Now in its fourth printing, the book has sold more than 10,000 copies and inspired countless independent power producers to take control of their own electrical supply.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Wind works. It's reliable. It's economical. It makes environmental sense. And it's here now. Wind machines are not tomorrow's technology. Whether it's on a giant wind farm in California, in a small village in Morocco, or in the backyard of a Kansas wheat farmer, wind energy works today in a variety of applications around the world. You too can put this renewable resource to work. The following chapters explain how to go about doing just that: how to select and install the small wind power systems on the market today.
Wind technology has come a long way since the mid-1970s when the only wind turbines available were 1930s-era machines salvaged from ranchers on the Great Plains. During the past decade wind technology has come of age with the development of advanced small wind turbines. These rugged yet extremely simple designs have greatly improved the reliability and performance of small wind machines. But as you'll see in the chapters ahead, wind machines are not for everyone.
To use the wind successfully you must have a good site, have enough wind, and select the right machine. You also need something else. Using wind energy takes courage. Wind machines are not cheap, and whether you install it yourself or contract a dealer to do it, the installation of a wind machine is an undertaking fraught with risk and uncertainty. At some point, after considering all the pros and cons, a decision must be made that only you can make. You must weigh the options, then act. The people who use wind energy are prudent, but they're doers.
People use wind machines for many reasons: economic, environmental, and philosophical. The knowledge that you're saving money--in some cases earning it--is often sufficient reward for plunging into wind energy. Yet for many there's more to it than that. Windmills have fascinated us for centuries and will continue to do so. Like campfires or falling water, they're mesmerizing, indeed, entrancing. People respond almost instinctively. Few escape the excitement created by a sleek turbine whirring in the wind.
Working with the wind is more than just a means to cheap electricity. It becomes a way of life, a way of living in closer harmony with the world around us. Harnessing the wind for energy enables us to regain some sense of responsibility for meeting our own needs, and for reducing our impact on the environment. By generating our own electricity cleanly and with a renewable resource we can reduce the need for distant power plants and their attendant ills.
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