Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Your very own wind garden

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Functional "green" art. Why not?

It looks like an abstract sculpture or metallic lawn art, and its promoters say that installing several can turn an ordinary backyard into a wind garden.

Green energy advocates in this state say the Windspire, a power turbine that spins in an upright position in a confined space, could represent a major breakthrough for wind energy. Instead of using towers 100 feet tall or higher for conventional windmills, the Windspire is just 30 feet tall.

The state's midsection isn't windy enough to justify harnessing wind on a commercial scale. But for those who just want to supplement their power supply, one potential solution is the Windspire, with its comparatively low price tag and a design that works on office rooftops and in suburban open spaces.

More from The News & Observer.

How many people does it take to install one? Lots, apparently. (Nothin' like a photo op.)

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