04 Sep '12, 1pm

“Bird-Safe” Wind Turbines May Soon Take Flight

Those old ‘bird killers’ at Altamont Pass are being taken down and replaced with taller towers and slower moving blades. The process is well underway and should be completed in a year or so. The problem at Altamont was partially due to grid structure rather than monopod towers. Grid towers gave raptors places to perch while watching for prey on the ground, and then the birds would launch through the lower to the ground and harder to see fast rotating blades. – Something to note – those turbines at Altamont Pass were installed about 30 years ago and they have provided almost free electricity after their 20 year payoff. Newer turbines are better designed to be longer lasting and require less maintenance. No one should be surprised if they give us 20 or more years of close-to-free electricity. (Remember, no fuel required.) We currently price wind power at $0.05/kWh. But if yo...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/09/04/bird-safe-wind-turbin...

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