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Tehachapi turbine house (0620)

Tehachapi turbine house (0620)
From the highway, the house looks like it has a turbine attached to the house. From another angle you can see that it is behind the house by some distance, but it is not part of a larger turbine installation and thus seems to service only this house.

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Clint
Clint
I may have mentioned, I tend to have issues with wind turbines, mainly that I don't think they work all that well at the scale at which they're trying to build them and therefore don't justify the footprint on the landscape. I think they work much better at a smaller scale, though. If this turbine is generating just for this house, that's the perfect use for these.
4 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
My question with this proximity would be with noise of this type, they're not silent. In general I'm concerned about using even more land for energy generation, particularly since we have large segments (called cities) that have already compromised the landscape. Its frustrating that we haven't found ways to make the space above urban landscape more energy productive.
4 years ago.
Clint has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
The problem with cities for wind generation is that even in windy places, buildings cause a tremendous amount of turbulence which drastically reduces the efficiency of these turbines. This is true even with shorter structures. There are a number of newer buildings at the western edge of downtown here in Chicago, on the windward side of the skyscraper wall, that have tried putting smaller turbines on the roof, but it's just a marketing thing. They generate almost no power, and every time I pass they're just sitting there, immobile.

There is one of the big turbines on the South Side, though, which you can see from the Dan Ryan. I've been meaning to go down and check it out up close for a while, but the South Side's hard to get to using public transit (for reasons which, as a sociologist, you could probably guess and explore at length), and I don't often drive in the city.
4 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Clarification re urban space: That we come up with new ways to harness the energy in urban spaces including smaller scale solar, but also other, not-yet-identifiable ways.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
James Ruddy
James Ruddy
I know what both of you mean.
4 years ago.