Monday, May 7, 2012

OMG! THAT'S UGLY!

Pause for The Husband to recover from my outburst. We'll talk amongst ourselves while his heart rate returns to normal: You'd think he'd be use to my sensitive aesthetic sense and it's resultant outbursts by now. He's been dealing with airplanes flying at each other for almost 25 years and my gasps of horror at something ugly are what freaks him out. Sigh. I don't understand it. Anyway, I think he's okay now.

We are NOT doing that. That's for dang sure. Here's what I'm talking about:

Click on pic to see all those guy wires.
Sudden, loud gasp of horror on the inhale....and OMG! LOOK AT ALL THOSE F'ING WIRES! THAT'S UGLY! THEY COVER HOW MANY FOOTBALL FIELDS? WE ARE NOT DOING THAT! DID YOU KNOW IT LOOKED LIKE THAT?! I MIGHT HAVE TO HURT YOU RIGHT NOW! on the exhale.

Oh, I can't even stand to look at that picture. Hang on please while I scroll so I can write.

Okay. So this turbine is in Ohio on the way home from The Husband's work to the Gibsonburg Farm (which will be officially on the market with an agent and all within the next couple of weeks). Now, the turbine itself is lovely. It is a Bergey XL1. Mike had the opportunity to stop and stand near it and hear it. Barely hear it that is. The wind was blowing at 13 mph and he could barely hear it. He did get to talk to the owner who said it does get louder when the wind picks up. I find it promising though that it's quiet at some point that it's turning. It's been in service for 5 (five) years. You'll notice that the tower towards the top is shinier than the rest of the tower. That's because one of the wires snapped and the tower twisted. That was the only time in 5 years the turbine was taken out of service. Being familiar with this area of Ohio and knowing that our site here at the cabin is at least as windy as that area of Ohio, Mike asked the owner how much power it is generating. And here is the classic answer we get whenever we ask a question so specific, "I don't know." The owner did know that the electric bill is half what it used to be and that it spins more in the Winter than in the Summer. Now we know this is a grid-tied application too.

So, again, not a lot of technical information that we can use for a well-informed decision making process but we know the Bergey XL1 is pretty quiet at 13 mph, and that there's at least this one that's been trouble free for five years now, and that when the time comes, we will not be getting that tower and all those wires.








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