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Computing & Technology > Blogging > Wind and Sun

Wind and Sun

If for no other reason, renewable energy progress makes Trump exactly the wrong person to be president right now.

My friend Mike told me about wind power in Germany, which just over the weekend was so productive that energy prices went negative for a short while. They were paying people to consume electricity.

And in Denmark and Norway, where winter winds are so strong that it frequently makes walking in the street difficult, they are able to export the extra energy they produce from wind farms to surrounding countries. Norway within recent decades found it had enough oil to make it competitive with OPEC countries. I guess they'll mostly use it to export to antiquated, dirty-energy-dependent countries like us.

I told Mike I want a windmill -- and later I want to sell that paint that turns any surface into a solar cell. Just waiting for it to be a finished product you can set up your home solar power with.

posted on June 9, 2017 5:59 AM ()


People around here (in Colorado) were setting up smaller windmills to generate a little bit of power and their neighbors complained about the noise, so the town/county had to come up with some kind of regulation about it.
1. One wind generator per lot is allowed.
2. The lot must be at least one acre.
3. The hub height of the wind generator must not exceed 40 feet.
4. The wind generator must be setback from property lines, public right of way and access easements at least 2 times the hub height of the generator.
5. The wind generator must be painted or coated a non-reflective white, gray or other neutral color.
6. The wind generator must not be artificially illuminated.
7. The wind generator must not be used to display advertising.
8. Electrical controls must be wireless or underground and power lines must be underground except for an interconnection to an existing above ground power grid.
9. Noise emanating from the wind generator must be in compliance with Larimer County Code Chapter 30, Article V, Noise.

It's always something.
comment by troutbend on June 9, 2017 6:53 PM ()
comment by greatmartin on June 9, 2017 7:52 AM ()
Wind power is cheap and available. I grew up on a farm and we used a windmill to pump water for the cattle. So is solar power. Coal and oil are
dirty. That solar paint would be great.
comment by elderjane on June 9, 2017 7:51 AM ()
It will be really good if windmills can become affordable for home use. I have the wind!
comment by jjoohhnn on June 9, 2017 6:07 AM ()

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